Ethics Officials Investigating US House Candidate Find Alleged Violations
The Kansas Government Ethics Commission found multiple alleged violations in an investigation of a congressional candidate over allegations he failed to properly disclose his financial records, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Dr. Roger Marshall is running on the Republican ticket in the hopes of unseating incumbent Rep. Tim Huelskamp in November. The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission launched an investigation into Marshall after receiving a tip he didn’t properly disclose his financial activities and investments. The commission found multiple alleged violations, according to documents provided to TheDCNF.
“A review of your Statement of Substantial Interest identified above indicates material errors or omissions,” the commission said Apr. 15 in a letter to Marshall. “It appears from a review of a financial disclosure report filed with the Clerk of the US House of Representatives covering the period 01-01-2014 thru 04-15-2015 that you omitted information required to be listed.”
The anonymous tip alleged Marshall didn’t list several items legally required to be disclosed. His Statement of Substantial Interests (SSI) filed Apr. 8 allegedly failed to disclose numerous ownership interests including income, mutual funds and his role as an owner or investor in a company. Intentionally filing a false statement is punishable by six months in jail under state law.
The SSI forms lacked information which was disclosed in previous federal disclosure reports. Several items listed with the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2015 were not included in the later disclosure forms, according to the documents. Marshall was given thirty days to correct the errors. Failure to do so could easily become an ethical and legal issue.
Federal and state agencies require candidates to disclose their investments and financial interactions for a number of reasons. It allows voters to be better informed and safeguards against the possibility of someone who has engaged in fraud and abuse from assuming public office. The Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe) blog first reported Apr. 13 that an investigation was underway.
Marshall and the commission did not respond to request for comment by TheDCNF.
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