Law Newz: Roy Moore Slapped With Ethics Complaint After Allegedly Lying On Federal Disclosure Forms
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore apparently failed to disclose up to $150,000 in income on a federal disclosure report filed with the Senate Ethics Committee.
In response, a public interest watchdog, the Campaign Legal Center (“CLC”), filed an ethics complaint with that same Senate body.
A press release announcing the complaint, notes:
"Moore told the Alabama Ethics Commission in April that he earned up to $150,000 in speaking fees in 2016, but in June failed to disclose these payments to the Senate Ethics Committee, nor did he disclose any proceeds raised for his own legal defense fund, following his suspension from the Alabama Supreme Court."
There was no obvious reason for the lapse in the second report. In their press release noting the ethics complaint, the CLC’s Brendan Fischer said:
"Personal financial disclosure reports provide the most basic means by which voters can keep tabs on officials and track and deter payoffs and conflicts of interest. By failing to accurately report his income and financial interests, Moore is disregarding his basic legal responsibilities as a candidate."