The Senate Ethics Office Can Impose Civil Penalty on Joe Miller for Failure to File a Report.

Alaska GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller refused to answer questions Wednesday about his failure to file personal financial disclosure documents that were required by law to be filed several months ago.While entering a high-dollar fundraiser in Washington D.C., on Wednesday evening, Miller stayed silent as a matter of fact he refused to answer when questioned by POLITICO about the missing documents that were supposed be filed when he began his campaign for Senate in April. Miller defeated Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to win the GOP nomination last month.  Miller campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto did address the issue. He said, “It was a simple oversight; we’re already working on it, and it will be filed as soon as possible.”

Miller’s failure to file could result in a $50,000 fine and deliver a blow to his credibility as he continues his bid against Democratic nominee Scott McAdams and Murkowski, who is staying in the race as a write-in candidate. 

Now it’s Miller’s personal money that is in question. A staffer in the Senate Office of Public Records confirmed to POLITICO that the former attorney had not filed his personal financial disclosure form. The staffer said, “We don’t have it our system and it has not arrived as of yet.”  

Candidates must file a personal financial disclosure report within 30 days of becoming an official candidate – provided they spend more than $5,000 on the campaign. Miller spent much more — $91,000 – in his first few weeks as a candidate, according to a report filed with FEC on June 30.

The Senate Ethics Office can impose a civil penalty of up to $50,000 for failure to file a report.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elizabeth
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 08:25:03

    “While entering a high-dollar fundraiser in Washington D.C., ” Is this man ever in Alaska? I get the feeling he isn’t really interested in Alaska. He just wants a platform to the national stage.


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