After her marriage to a hedge-fund billionaire, Cynical Chellie Pingree was consistently late filing her Congressional financial disclosures.
One time, after she missed two filing deadlines, her spokesman Willie Rich brushed the severity of the situation off by claiming, "It's really just like getting an extension from your professor on a term paper and then getting another extension."
We aren’t sure what college Mr. Rich went to, but that’s not how it worked at our schools.
Why are these filings important?
The Sun Journal Explains:
“The disclosures show how much money members of Congress, both House and Senate, make from private sources outside their congressional salaries and reimbursements.
The reports are meant to show constituents whether their federal lawmakers have personal financial interests in legislation and whether any of their votes may be influenced by their incomes or wealth.
While the reports stop short of disclosing to the penny how much lawmakers make from investments or the sale of assets such as real estate, they do show ranges of income and asset values.
They also show ranges of income and asset values for direct family members, including spouses and children.
Since marrying wealthy businessman S. Donald Sussman in 2011, Pingree has yet to meet the May 15 deadline set by the House Ethics Committee and has requested filing extensions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.”
What does Cynical Chellie have to hide?
Read more Here, Here, and Here.
We need candidates who have nothing to hide, candidates who understand the importance of transparency and fiscal responsibility.