SOUTHERN MINNESOTA - The campaign of DFL incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is mocking Allen Quist, his Republican opponent for Minnesota's Firs Congressional District, over Quist's failure to file the required Personal Financial Disclosure forms, which were due back on May 15.
The Financial Disclosure form is required annually by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and by all official candidates for the U.S. House. The form provides detailed information on financial interests that belong to the candidate. Failure to meet the May 15 deadline results in at least $200 late filing fee. If a person is proven to have intentionally failed to file the form, the U.S. Attorney General can prosecute the individual for fines up to $10,000.
The state DFL party have targeted Quist and Republican candidate Lee Byberg for being the only candidates to not file the required form.
Quist said last Monday on his failure to file by claiming he had now filled out the form and was unsure where to send it since the address was not on the form.
The Walz campaign responded Tuesday by mocking Quist for previously calling himself a "stickler for accuracy," yet failing to see the address on the front page of the form.
"Tim Walz has always been a champion of transparency and accountability, with measures like the STOCK Act, and we just wanted to make sure Mr. Quist knew that the return address is located on the first page of the form," said Walz's campaign manage Sara Severs in a statement.
Quist now claims that he printed off the form from online and that this form lacked the address. He said that he now has the address and will have form turned in within two days. He said he taking a little while longer so auctioneers get his exact land values because he wants all information he submits to be completely accurate.
Quist will be delinquent on turning in the form 155 days, or over 5 months, starting today.
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