For months, Democrat Annie Andrews failed to publicly disclose her personal finances as a South Carolina congressional candidate, only doing so this week after the SC Republican Party filed a complaint against her with the House Ethics Committee.
Andrews, a pediatrician at the Medical University of South Carolina, is in the running against Republican U.S. Representative Nancy Mays in the coastal 1st Congressional District, the state’s wealthiest.
in Five-sentence complaint By email to the Ethics Committee on September 21, state Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick highlighted the approaching November 8 election and Andrews’ missing financial disclosure report.
“What is Democrat Annie Andrews hiding? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make these reports, but even if it’s tough, is it too complicated for a doctor?” McKissick told The Post and Courier after submitting the complaint.
He added, “Either Andrews can’t figure out how to file them or ask for an extension, or she’s hiding something. We’re not sure what’s worse.”
The Ethics law in government Requires members of Congress and U.S. House of Representatives nominees, along with officers and certain employees, to file annual financial disclosure returns. The document details personal investments, employment, and collateral income, as well as debt, from mortgages to outstanding student loans.
It must be submitted shortly after the candidate raises or spends $5,000 in campaign cash, in accordance with House ethics guidelines and federal law. Andrews competed in the Charleston Congressional Race on November 8, 2021, and reported lifting more than $200,000 in the first 24 hours from launching its campaign.
When asked about the missing report, Andrews’ campaign said it was an oversight and that they “received no communication or notice regarding this particular submission”.
Bree Carpenter, Andrews campaign manager, said: “[We]only found out after she brought it to our attention.
Financial reporting requirements for US House of Representatives candidates are not new, deadlines and forms public contribution on the Commission’s website, where it states: “The next annual financial statement statement will cover 2021 and must be submitted on or before May 16, 2022.”
The standard fine for filing a delayed personal financial disclosure file is $200, payable to the US Treasury. Mace filed its financial disclosure report on May 16, Deadline.
Carpenter said in a statement that Andrews “immediately began the process of completing her full financial disclosure” after the newspaper inquired about it, and said Andrews submitted her report on September 22.
But in the same statement, Andrews’ campaign also criticized Mays for failing to pay the thousands that still owe the state ethics committee since her service in the Supreme Committee legislature.
Fines that now Total $16,600 as of September 12because Mace was months late submitting various campaign reports to her campaign account at SC House which she did not close.
“Given that Nancy Maes has been hit with fine after fine by ethics officials for years of no standard paper submission deadlines, it’s funny that her friends at SCGOP now want to make this a campaign issue,” Carpenter said.
As part of the “Uncovered” investigation by The Post and Courier, the newspaper asked Maes About these unpaid fines in 2021 When Mace then had a $5,100 fine which had to be paid out of his pocket and not campaign money. At the time, her spokeswoman said Mays would talk about the fine and close the account.
“It’s time for Nancy Mays to tell South Carolina residents why she thinks the rules should apply to everyone but her and why she chose to lie about paying her debts,” Carpenter said.
Mace’s campaign responded by describing the attack as an attempt to shift the focus away from Andrews’ fault. The campaign also said that they are in the process of processing the fines owed and closing the State House account. They have not directly stated why the debt has not been addressed yet.
“No change of topic: Nancy Mays has never failed to reveal her personal finances, unlike her opponent who is hiding something. How much are taxpayers paying her to introduce her policy into medical training at a children’s hospital? Taxpayers deserve to know,” Austin McCubbin said. Mays campaign manager.
A copy of the report, which was reviewed by The Post and Courier, shows Andrews earned a total of $221,200 in earned income that came from a $19,000 salary from MUSC and a $206,200 salary from University Medical Associates, the group of MUSC physicians.
Mace’s earned income lists her salary in Congress: $174,000.
It also shows Andrews has a 30-year mortgage ranging from $250,001 to $500,000 on a “vacation home,” as well as a 30-year mortgage on her primary residence in Mount Pleasant.
The moored area of Charleston hugs most of the southern part of the state’s coast, from Hilton Head Island to parts of downtown Charleston, along with parts of Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, and Jasper counties.
The general election was set for November 8.