CLC Ethics Complaint: Roy Moore Failed to Disclose up to $150K in Speaking Fees
Omissions violate federal law and Senate rules
WASHINGTON - Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) asked for an investigation into Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama for failing to disclose as much as $150,000 in income on his personal financial disclosure report filed with the Senate Ethics Committee.
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. Moore also may have omitted other compensation earned and liabilities owed.
“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, ”said Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at CLC. “By failing to accurately report his income and financial interests, Moore is disregarding his basic legal responsibilities as a candidate.”
Moore’s omissions were first reported by the Daily Beast.
On Sept. 21, 2017, CLC issued a complaint requesting an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into Foundation for Moral Law (FML), a charity Moore founded that was using charitable resources to promote Moore’s run for Senate.