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ADLF Files Ethics Complaint Against Fagg for Financial Disclosure Riddled with Errors

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee against Montana Senate candidate Russell Fagg for numerous errors and omissions in his financial disclosure.

The complaint requests an investigation into whether Fagg violated federal law by failing to correctly disclose his income, assets, outside positions, agreements, and compensation as required by the U.S. Senate Public Financial Disclosure Report.

“From running a shadow campaign before declaring his candidacy, to now filing a late financial disclosure that is riddled with errors and omissions, Russell Fagg has repeatedly tried to keep Montanans in the dark about his finances and his campaign for Senate,” said ADLF’s Brad Woodhouse. “Voters deserve transparency in this election and Fagg should stop trying to deceive the people he’s trying to represent.”

Among many serious problems, the disclosure:

  • Was filed a month late.
  • Failed to report the income he earned as a Montana judge.
  • Failed to disclose his newly created law firm, another corporate entity he owns, and his private plane.
  • Failed to disclose any “positions held outside US government,” even though his campaign website lists several boards he sits on.
  • Failed to disclose any agreements “with an outside entity”, even though his financial disclosure suggests arrangements, such as a state employee retirement fund and oil royalties.

Read the full complaint.