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Finance Reports Trickle In

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Freshman Rep. Bill Flores was among a record-high number of Members of Congress receiving extensions for filing their personal financial disclosures this year.

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.

In the Senate, nearly all the Members who didn’t file also missed the deadline last year, including: Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

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.”

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