The following press release was sent by Marty Lamb (R-Holliston), candidate for representative from the Third Congressional District.
Lamb: Shame on Herr
Herr Makes Phony Attack on Rosh Hashanah
Holliston, MA ...Today Marty Lamb, Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts Third District, is deeply disappointed with phony attack fellow Republican Congressional candidate Brian Herr has made.
Herr has taken an FEC advisory statements and suggested that they were complaints issued which is just not true. "I very disappointed that Mr. Herr would blatantly attempt to mislead the voters, but it seems to be a pattern with him," stated Shane Hayes.
Several times Mr. Herr claimed last night during the debate that his failure to file the financial disclosure statement was an FEC violation which is blatantly untrue again. Mr. Herr has violated Official Congressional Conduct rules that could result in fines up to $11,000 or 5 years in jail for failing to submit his ethics form. Presently Charlie Rangel is facing possible expulsion from Congress for omitting items off of his ethics statement. Herr just did not file.
"Mr. Herr is trying to equate apples and oranges. Mr. Lamb received an advisory notice and has done nothing wrong. On the other hand Mr. Herr is in serious trouble and has spent $13,000 to cover up a form he still refuses to produce," said Hayes. "Mr. Herr. produce your ethics form now. Ronald Reagan would have wanted you to abide by the law. Moreover, Reagan also said, "trust but verify." In this situation we can no longer trust you when it turns out you never filed for the extension and you won't produce the ethics form that is in the 'mail.'"
The Lamb campaign is also bothered that this phony attack was sent out after 5pm when Mr. Herr knew that Mr. Lamb would be celebrating Rosh Hashanah with his family.
Furthermore if Mr. Herr is looking for an FEC Violation he can look no further than his on attack press release. IT DOES NOT HAVE THE PROPER FEC DISCLAIMER ON IT.
From the Committee on Standard Official Conduct:
Failure To File or Filing False Disclosure Statements
The financial disclosure provisions of the Ethics in Government Act have been incorporated by reference as a rule of the House of Representatives, over which the Standards Committee has jurisdiction. In addition to any Committee action, EIGA authorizes the Attorney General of the United States to seek a civil penalty of up to $11,000 against an individual who knowingly and willfully falsifies or fails to file or to report any required information. Moreover, under federal criminal law, anyone who knowingly and willfully falsifies or conceals any material fact in a statement to the government may be fined up to $11,000, imprisoned for up to five years, or both.
The Committee is authorized to render advisory opinions interpreting the financial disclosure provisions of EIGA for any person under its jurisdiction. An individual who acts in good faith in accordance with a written advisory opinion shall not be subject to any sanction under the Act.