Two of the three candidates for U.S. Senate in Alabama haven’t filed required annual financial disclosure forms before the upcoming general election in November.
According to the U.S. Senate Office of Public Records, Democrat candidate, Will Boyd, and Libertarian candidate, John Sophocleus, haven’t filed an annual financial disclosure form required of Senate candidates and senators.
The forms disclose income, real estate and other investment holdings of congressional candidates and current federal office holders.
Boyd didn’t return a request for comment Tuesday.
Sophocleus told 1819 News in an email he’s “not yet met the reporting requirements, but will report if/when I do so.”
“I've been asking folks to join the LP/donate to offset expenses the Libertarian Party of Alabama (LPA) had to overcome to get on the ballot,” Sophocleus said. “Unlike the duopoly (Democrat/Republican) parties who do not have this impediment and use the primaries provided at taxpayer expense as fundraisers the LPA starts at a huge disadvantage. Sadly, we were not told in (a) timely manner to be able to recruit more candidates and have the time (this) cycle to run more effective campaigns as the subsidized duopoly parties enjoy.”
He added, “[I]t is unlikely I'll reach the reporting requirements under my circumstances.”
Candidates for Senate “must file within 30 days of becoming a candidate or by May 15th, whichever is later, but in no event later than 30 days prior to any election,” according to the U.S. Senate.
The general election will be on Tuesday, November 8.
A Senate Ethics Committee spokesman told 1819 News that every disclosure form they received is posted online.
Britt, the Republican candidate, posted one annual financial disclosure form on Sept. 1, 2021, and another on May 13, 2022. In her most recent filing, she reported a $142,017.35 salary from her employment at the Business Council of Alabama. She left her employment there in June 2021, according to the report.
She also listed another salary of $214,291.15 with Butler Snow LLP, a law firm in Montgomery. She’s been employed there since June 2021, according to her filing.
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