Cox failed to disclose several business interests, including a foreign tie, during candidacy

The Fresno Bee

Cox said he wanted to be as open and transparent as possible and not leave any doubts over any potential conflicts of interests. Brendan Fischer, director of the Federal Reform Program at the Campaign Legal Center, said it is not uncommon for lawmakers to make mistakes on financial disclosure forms and file amendments. “There are potential civil penalties for filing false reports, but penalties are rare, unless the omission was knowing and willful,” Fischer said.

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