Miller Campaign May Face Fine

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Republican and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller could face a $50,000 fine for violating U.S. Senate Ethics rules.   Miller, who’s running for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Scott McAdams and write-in candidate, incumbent Lisa Murkowski, has been accused of failing to file required financial disclosure information.

McAdams and Murkowski filed their disclosure statements within thirty-days of announcing their candidacy as required.   Miller formally opened his campaign on April 27.

Incomplete financial disclosure forms led to criminal charges against former Senator Ted Stevens two years ago.  He was prosecuted for omitting $250,000 in gifts. Stevens was convicted for failing to disclose them, but the case was later thrown out because prosecutors didn’t pass along crucial information to his lawyers. Calls to Miller’s office by APRN on Wednesday to find out if the error has been corrected were not returned by Miller or his staff. However the Anchorage Daily News reported Miller’s spokesman Randy Desoto emailed ADN staff saying the failure to file was a simple oversight and they are working on it now.

Miller is in Washington DC this week for several fundraising events and to meet with incumbent senators from other states.

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