(From the Claire McCaskill campaign)
Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has missed a final deadline to file her already-overdue Personal Financial Disclosure (PFD) with the Senate Committee on Ethics and is now critically overdue on this key transparency measure. A PFD is the primary document by which voters and the media learn about a candidate’s financial history and standing, and Steelman’s refusal to comply with the Senate’s final deadline raises troubling questions about what she might be hiding.
“Missourians shouldn’t be surprised that Sarah Steelman has no interest in transparency because, frankly, her record of hiding speaks for itself,” said Erik Dorey, McCaskill for Missouri spokesman. “Whether it’s destroying key public records from her time in office or once again flagrantly ignoring a deadline to disclose her finances, Steelman’s efforts to violate the law and hide her dirty laundry from Missourians is both revealing and deeply troubling.”
In March and April of 2011, Steelman faced a similar outbreak of damaging headlines when it was revealed that key public documents pertaining to her tenure as Missouri State Treasurer had gone missing. Steelman’s inability to produce the documents or explain their whereabouts further cemented the suspicion that her office had destroyed them to keep her secrets buried.
As a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Steelman was required to submit her PFD on May 15, 2012 but was granted a 30-day extension by the Ethics Committee. Steelman then missed the June 15 deadline, which she had requested, and is now liable for fines if elected for failing to file by 30 days prior to an election.