Campaign fliers for Republican congressional candidate J.R. Majewski are seen at the the Get out the Vote Super Saturday rally in Port Clinton, Ohio, on July 30, 2022.
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J.R. Majewski is running in a ultra-competitive race against Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
Majewski has failed for months to file a federally mandated personal financial disclosure.
Department of Justice officials could investigate him, although such investigations are rare.
Republican J.R. Majewski, a Donald Trump-endorsed candidate in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional races, is violating a federal conflicts-of-interest and public transparency law by failing to disclose details about his personal finances.
Majewski, who is running against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur to represent Ohio’s newly re-drawn 9th Congressional District, is more than a year late in revealing information about his personal income, investments, debts, employment, and any side jobs, according to an Insider analysis of congressional records.
Federal law requires all congressional candidates to file a certified financial disclosure with the US House shortly after raising or spending $5,000 in campaign cash, according to House ethics guidelines and federal law.
But Majewski, who’s been running for Congress since February 25, 2021, surpassed this threshold sometime before June 30, 2021, according to FEC records.
A congressional candidate who “knowingly and willfully falsifies a statement or fails to file a statement” disclosing his or her personal finances may be subject to investigation by the Department of Justice.
While such investigations are rare, the maximum civil penalty for such an offense is $66,190 while the maximum criminal penalty is one year in federal prison plus a fine of up to the same amount, according to the federal Ethics in Government Act.
Reached by phone Wednesday, J.R. Majewski for Congress campaign treasurer Sean Tarnowski declined to comment and referred questions to campaign staff.
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Source:: Business Insider