"Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly."
Great find from the team at Watchdog:
For more than a decade, state Sen. Joan Huffman failed to report her husband’s income on her personal financial disclosure. At the same time, she bolstered that income by using his companies during her campaigns, paying $21,964 to entities connected to her husband, Keith Lawyer.Unfortunately, Huffman's not up until '18; read the whole thing here.
A review of Huffman’s campaign finance reports, personal disclosures and state business records found both expenditures and omissions surrounding the self-reporting required of candidates and state office holders.
Nothing appears to be a violation of the law. Like others in the past, Huffman may have for years been relying on a loophole in the state’s ethics law leaving the reporting of spousal income to the discretion of the filer.
The personal financial disclosure statement shows holdings and business interests that help the public ensure officials aren’t voting their interests, or those of their family.
The law dictates that reporting of a spouse’s business interest and income is required if the filer “had actual control over that activity for the preceding calendar year.”
Few would have known about the expenditures had Huffman, who said during her 2008 campaign, “I’m a believer in transparency in government [and] accountability in government,” not tried to hijack an ethics bill and attach an amendment to the “spousal loophole” in May at the end of the last session.
The amendment, which would have allowed officeholders to keep secret the financial dealings of their partners, prompted an examination of Huffman’s personal financial filings.