The following press release was sent by Brian Herr (R-Hopkinton), candidate for representative from the Third Congressional District.
HERR TO LAMB: Before you throw out an attack, make sure it is not shaped like a boomerang
HOPKINTON - Brian Herr, Republican candidate for congress, responded to Marty Lamb's baseless attacks for missing the deadline to file his personal financial disclosure. Early on, Herr owned up to missing the deadline and has since filed the disclosure statement.
"Marty's attacks are just silly. This type of political mudslinging, scare tactics and name-calling has no place in politics," said Herr. "For someone who spent the better part of this year invoking Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment, I am surprised that he would stoop to this type of gutter politics."
Herr continued: "To make matters worse, it is hypocritical for someone who has a long and extensive history of missing deadlines with the Federal Election Commission to attack me on missing a deadline. Before you throw out an attack, make sure it is not shaped like a boomerang."
Per the Federal Election Commission's online disclosure database, here is a partial list of problems Marty Lamb has had with the FEC:
1. Marty Lamb filed his Statement of Candidacy two month's late. According to the FEC, "A candidate running for the U.S. House, Senate or the Presidency, you must register with the FEC once you (or persons acting on your behalf) receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $5,000. Within 15 days of reaching that $5,000 threshold, you must file a Statement of Candidacy." Marty Lamb reached the $5,000 threshold on March 30th. His Statement of Candidacy should have been filed by 4/15. It was filed on 6/14.
2. Marty Lamb received a Letter of Disavowal from the FEC in Q2 telling him to either file his candidacy or cease his campaign.
3. Marty Lamb filed his Q1 disclosure late, and failed to do so electronically as required
4. Marty Lamb failed to initially disclose Q1 expenditures
5. Marty Lamb filed his Q2 disclosure late, and failed to do so electronically as required
6. Marty Lamb filed his Pre-Primary disclosure late, and failed to do so electronically as required
7. Marty Lamb received a letter from the FEC dated 9/3 informing him that he had not satisfied his reporting requirements going back to Q1, prompting him to re-file all 3 prior disclosures.
8. Upon re-filing his Pre-Primary disclosure, Marty Lamb failed to record the repayment of a $5000 candidate loan and other expenses that appeared on the initial pre-primary report.
9. Upon re-filing his FEC disclosures, Marty Lamb's filings were signed by an unauthorized treasurer.
"The truth is that everyone makes mistakes and sometimes things happen. These are not the most important issues facing the voters of Massachusetts. I am disappointed that Marty Lamb would try and make this election about mistakes that the campaigns have made and not talk about the real issues like getting people back to work and cutting the size of government," concluded Herr.