Questions over Senate candidate's financial disclosure filing

Questions over financial filing
Questions over disclosure filing

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The first deadline has come and gone for the two Indiana candidates for U.S. Senate and already there is a disagreement if both candidates filed in time.

It is a requirement to file a personal financial disclosure (PFD) form by May 15. You can ask for a 30-day extension if needed, but therein lies the rub.

Once filed, that form is put on line by the U.S. Senate Committee on Ethics for public viewing, where it clearly states the May 15 deadline, however it does also mention candidates can ask for an extension.

The question is, did Mike Braun request an extension?

He has made a point of aligning himself with President Donald Trump, which he recently did in Elkhart.

"Would not have done it if I wasn't inspired by what this man did in 2016," Braun told the crowd.

Trump has refused to release his taxes, but the Braun campaign, however, is not implying this is a avoidance. In fact, he has filed a PFD before. His campaign released a statement Tuesday afternoon.

"Mike Braun will be filing the financial disclosure within the 30-day grace period afforded in Senate rules," the statement read.

His Democratic opponent, incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly, when asked by WTHR anchor Scott Swan, said "Well, we have rules and I try to follow them."

Indiana's State Democratic Party Chairman John Zody was more direct.

"His campaign can tell you whatever they want. The story is, the ethics committee puts a deadline there. Candidates should be following it. Mike Braun appears to be too busy in Washington D.C. visiting the swamp, doing all the things he said he would never do when he was a candidate in the primary election, so he should have filed it when he was in town," John Zody stated.

Filing a late PFD carries a $200 fine.