Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has demonstrated — once again — that he is incapable of submitting basic, required documents describing his personal finances in anything approaching a timely manner. This time, Sanders has failed to meet a May 15 deadline for turning in an annual report detailing his finances for 2016, according to the Valley News, a New England newspaper.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics requires all 100 U.S. senators to file detailed financial disclosures generally cataloging what they own and what they owe each year. Senators must also itemize all the gifts and free trips they have received from private sources. Sanders, who emphasized government transparency during his 2016 presidential campaign, also completely blew off Senate Ethics Committee financial documentation filing deadlines in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Thus, Sanders has met ethics requirements in a timely manner just 20 percent of the time for the last five years. The Senate introduced its disclosure rules in 1978 as part of the Ethics in Government Act.
Patrick Leahy, the other senator from Vermont, managed to complete and submit his 2016 financial disclosure in a timely manner.
Leahy, a Democrat, has completely all of his disclosures on time since 2012 — with no extensions.
Sanders has received a 20-day extension to file his annual financial report for 2016. The report is now due June 4.
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