SOUTHERN MINNESOTA - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's congressional campaign for Minnesota's First Congressional District is keeping up pressure on his Republican opponent Allen Quist for not having filed a personal financial disclosure form, more than five months past the filing date.
The form is required annually of all Congress lawmakers and all official candidates to Congress. The form provides detailed reports on the financial interests of candidates, which is primarily used by watchdog groups to monitor for financial conflicts of interest. The form was due on May 15, making Quist 158 days late in his filing.
The Walz campaign said the form is vital to give voters a true view of Quist's finances. The campaign said the form is particularly important because Quist has largely self-funded his campaign.
The Walz campaign says that Quist has been "changing his story from day to day." The campaign is demanding he immediately release copies of the form to the media or post it on his web site, even before it is posted on the federal U.S. House disclosure website, to guarantee the public gets a chance to see the form.
The Walz campaign provided no comment on whether it would or would not refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney General if the form was not filed soon. Under the law, if a candidate is determined to have willfully not filed the form, the Attorney General can bring charges with fines up to $10,000.
Quist previously said he did not file the form because he was unaware of it. He also said that he did not file the form immediately after being notified last week because the form did not list the address it should be sent to. Later, he said that it was instead the online version of the form that he downloaded that lacked the address. Both forms carry the address on the front page.
Quist says he mailed out the form last Wednesday, and that he is waiting for it to be received and put online.
Quist says he mailed out the form last Wednesday, and that he is waiting for it to be received and put online. He said that he sees no point in releasing the forms ahead of that time.
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