Most House lawmakers requesting more time were granted an extra month to file, but 32 were given the maximum extension, until Aug. 12, one week after lawmakers adjourn for the August recess. Eight Members requested extensions but then managed to squeak their forms in before the public release Wednesday.
On top of the delays, Roll Call reported that in recent years, about a quarter of lawmakers have filed their disclosure forms incorrectly and have to file amendments.
One office suggests that part of the problem is that Senators are just busy people. A spokesman for Conrad told Roll Call that “given the marathon budget negotiations and record flooding in North Dakota, Sen. Conrad requested and received an extension.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with Faye, a pot belly pig, after a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015.