The Tribune: Congressional hopeful Justin Fareed should disclose ranching and oil ties, watchdogs say


Santa Barbara congressional candidate Justin Fareed claims he’s a “third-generation rancher” who oversees the family’s cattle business, but for nearly five years he has failed to report that position on federal financial disclosure forms — omissions one expert says obscures his family ties to Big Oil.


Meredith McGehee, executive director of the nonpartisan political reform organization Issue One and strategic adviser for the Campaign Legal Center, also reviewed the same records gathered by the Tribune. “It seems pretty clear to me it’s something he should have included,” McGehee said. “It needs to be corrected, and it needs to be corrected expeditiously.”

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