Watchdog Group Accuses John Fetterman Of Breaking Federal Law

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Mary Rooke Commentary and Analysis Writer
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A civic accountability organization is accusing Democratic Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman of failing to disclose several homes he owns to the public.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed a complaint with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics Tuesday against Fetterman, according to the organization’s letter. The non-profit is requesting an investigation into Fetterman’s potentially failing to file a financial report on the eight homes he allegedly owns in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Ethics rules require candidates and office holders to file a personal financial disclosure, including any properties owned by the person with a fair market value above $1,000. If an individual knowingly or willfully files a false report, they face a civil penalty of up to $50,000 and could also face criminal prosecution, according to the rules and standards of conduct of the U.S. Senate.

The executive director of FACT, Kendra Arnold, said that Fetterman’s financial report “is a clear violation of federal law and Senate ethics rules” because “candidates are well aware of their duty to comply with the law and have an affirmative duty to do so.” (RELATED: Washington Post Calls On John Fetterman To Debate ‘More Than Once’ As Candidate Continues To Duck Oz)

“The Senate Select Committee on Ethics must act to ensure compliance with the most basic ethics requirements to maintain the public’s trust,” Arnold added. “Senate candidate Fetterman’s failure to disclose his assets and apparent failure to comply with federal law must be investigated and appropriate sanctions imposed.”

The complaint comes as Fetterman has criticized Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz’s wealth and the fact he owns several homes.