After spending some time in the Instruction Guide published by the House Ethics Committee for the preparation, filing, and publication of the Financial Disclosure Statements (FD) this article will focus on FD including the latest concerning candidate filings for IL-06 and IL-14.
Given an FD is required of all congressional candidates who raise, including through loans to themselves or spend over $5,000, all viable candidates will have an FD filed sometime during the campaign. Once the $5,000 threshold is reached, a candidate has 30 days to file their FD, or request an extension.
A future article will walk through one candidate’s filing, but for now, McHenry County Blog shares what an FD is not, and what the objective of an FD is. Please note, the reference to “government officials” includes congressional candidates:
As FD’s are important, per the excerpt above and for discerning voters to evaluate congressional candidates in advance of the primary election, McHenry County Blog will continue to include FD updates in future congressional updates.
Jim Oberweis’ FD Availability for Public Viewing
As reported in last Friday’s article here on McHenry County Blog, Jim Oberweis filed his FD with the House Clerk’s office on the afternoon of August 28. Also reported in the article, the FD was not yet available for public viewing.
As of mid afternoon on September 6, Oberweis’ FD is still not available for public viewing. McHenry County Blog has seen Oberweis’ FD and its submission to the House Clerk’s office, so here is why his FD is still not available for public viewing a week and a half later.
After McHenry County Blog‘s review of the Instruction Guide (noted earlier in the article), FD filings and their availability for public view online are required by federal law, and must be available for view within 30 days of the filing of the FD. Sometimes, an FD or an extension is available within 1-2 days upon electronic submissions, but other times, they are not.
The law requires the FD to be published for public viewing within 30 days after filing, and Oberweis’ FD will be available for public view by September 27 at the latest.
Jeanne Ives’ Duplicate Extension Filing
Yesterday morning, McHenry County Blog received a Twitter-bot notice of the filing of a 2nd FD extension for candidate Jeanne Ives. Querying the House Clerk’s website, there is a second FD extension request.
McHenry County Blog learned the 2nd FD extension request is a duplicate of the first, and Ives’ extended due date for her FD filing remains at October 16. Ives’ first extension was filed by paper on August 10 and processed by the House Clerk’s office on August 20. The 2nd extension request was submitted electronically on August 17, and was posted yesterday, September 5.
Even for an electronic filing, it took nearly 3 weeks for the House Clerk’s office to process it, as opposed to the 10 days processing for the first extension request.
But as shared in the Oberweis update, the House Clerk’s office has up to 30 days from the filing to post the information online.
FD Instruction Guide
The latest version of the Instruction Guide which is dated for 2018 can be obtained by the House Clerk’s office at the following link: