On Monday, the American Accountability Foundation (AAF) filed a complaint against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ).
The complaint charges Sinema with failing to properly disclose assets as required under law.
Specifically, AAF asserts Sinema failed to “disclose assets, income, and other required items related to Dr. Lindsay Buckman, whom Sinema treated as a spouse for officially related travel [purposes] in the past and who the group says she still lives with,” according to Fox News.
AAF President Tom Jones asserts the charges are serious, telling Fox News Digital: “The American people deserve to know that their elected officials are making decisions based on what benefits the American people, and not based on what benefits them financially.”
Jones continued: “Yet Sen. Sinema’s failure to disclose the nature of this relationship makes it impossible for the American people to have confidence in her motives.”
Sen. Sinema has a moral and legal obligation to fully disclose the details of her finances,” Jones added. “The fact that she hasn’t done so is highly suspicious and troubling.”
Jones asserts Sinema pushed for Buckman to be included on trips and that her expenses be paid by taxpayers because she was “a spouse in all but title.”
AAF noted that Sinema “petitioned the [House Committee on Ethics] to allow Dr. Buckman to travel with her…” An angry Jones noted that the cost of one trip Buckman made with Sinema in 2013 exceeded $7,700.
“While Senator Sinema appears to believe Dr. Buckman is just like a spouse for the purpose of $7737.15 junkets to Israel funded by outside groups, she does not seem to believe that the spousal designation applies for the purposes of financial disclosures,” Jones said.
AAF alleges Sinema violated regulations that allow certain spousal expenses to be paid by the government.
“The spousal disclosures on financial disclosure forms are required to disclose and prevent conflicts of interest,” AAF wrote. “The Ethics in Government Act has always understood that conflicts related to holdings of a spouse should be imputed to the spouse who is a Member.”
AAF also noted irregularities in Sinema’s personal financial declaration forms. AAF pointed out her declaration forms “include barely any assets, despite her having held a Congressional salary of $174,000 for over a decade.”
“Senator Sinema’s disclosure has been so sparse as to strain credibility,” the complaint reads. “[She has ] “failed to list items such as checking accounts or a mortgage. When coupled with her persistent effort to hide what she regards as marital assets, an investigation by the Ethics Committee of Senator Sinema’s filings is required.”
Tate Mitchell a spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said: “Kyrsten Sinema’s failure to disclose her assets and potential conflicts of interest raises serious ethical questions as she flirts with asking Arizonans for their vote again.”
Mitchell added. “Arizonans deserve to have an honest broker serving them in the Senate, not another shady D.C. politician.”
AAF is calling for a formal investigation into the matter.
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