Todd Long Lies On One Financial Disclosure, Fails To File Another

October 25, 2012

Justice Department Urged to Investigate Long

A new complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice documents how congressional candidate Todd Long (R-Winter Park) broke the law by lying on his 2012 personal financial disclosure form. The letter also points out that Long failed to file a personal financial disclosure form at all when he ran for Congress in 2010. The Orange County Democratic Party complaint requests an immediate investigation by the DOJ. The U.S. Attorney General may seek a civil penalty of up to $50,000 against any candidate who knowingly and willfully falsifies or fails to file or report any information required by the Ethics in Government Act.

“Mr. Long’s assertion on his 2012 personal financial disclosure form that he had no liabilities at any time during 2011 is flatly contradicted by the financial affidavit Mr. Long - an attorney - filed in state court [during his divorce proceedings]. It’s difficult to imagine a more flagrant knowing and willful violation of the Ethics in Government Act.”

“It appears that Todd Long was trying to have it both ways, and he got caught. He wanted the court to think he was debt-ridden to cheat his wife out of alimony and his children out of child support, but he also wanted to make the voters and the media think he was fiscally responsible, contrary to his sworn testimony. Todd Long is a liar and a disgrace,”said Mitch Emerson, Grayson for Congress Campaign Manager.

In addition, Todd Long failed to file a financial disclosure during his congressional campaign in 2010. As the complaint points out, “Mr. Long can hardly claim to have been unaware of the Ethics in Government Act filing requirement in 2010 because he filed a personal financial disclosure form when he was a candidate for the House of Representatives in 2008.

“Mr. Long is an experienced attorney and he is clearly aware of the Ethics in Government Act’s financial disclosure requirements – he simply refuses to comply with them,” said Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Randolph in the complaint.