Democrat Annie Andrews failed to disclose her personal finances for months

Democrat Annie Andrews failed to disclose her personal finances for months

For months, Democrat Annie Andrews has not publicly disclosed her personal finances as a congressional candidate from South Carolina, only doing so this week after the Republican Party SC filed a complaint against her with the committee of House ethics.

Andrews, a pediatrician at the Medical University of South Carolina, is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace in the state’s wealthiest Coastal 1st Congressional District.

In his complaint in five sentences emailed to the ethics committee on Sept. 21, state GOP Chairman Drew McKissick pointed to the fast-approaching Nov. 8 election and Andrews’ missing financial disclosure report.

“What is Democrat Annie Andrews hiding? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to file these reports, but even if they were difficult, are they too complicated for a doctor?” McKissick told the Post and Courier after sending the complaint.

“Either Andrews doesn’t know how to classify them or ask for an extension, or she’s hiding something,” he added. “We don’t know what the worst reason is.”

The Ethics in Government Act requires members of Congress and U.S. House candidates, as well as officers and certain employees, to file annual financial disclosure statements. The document details personal investments, employment and secondary income, as well as debts, from mortgages to outstanding student loans.

It must be filed soon after a candidate raises or spends $5,000 in campaign cash, in accordance with House ethics guidelines and federal law. Andrews jumped into Charleston’s race for Congress on Nov. 8, 2021, and said he raised more than $200,000 in the first 24 hours of his campaign launch.

Asked about the missing report, the Andrews campaign said it was an oversight and that they had received “no communication or notification regarding this particular file”.

“(We) only found out after you brought it to our attention,” said Bri Carpenter, Andrews’ campaign manager.

The financial disclosure requirement for U.S. House candidates is not new, and the deadlines and forms are publicly listed on the committee’s website, where it states: “The next annual financial disclosure will cover 2021 and must be filed no later than May 16, 2022.”

The standard fine for late filing of personal financial disclosure is $200, payable to the US Treasury. Mace filed its financial disclosure report on May 16, the deadline.

In a statement, Carpenter said Andrews “immediately began the process of finalizing his full financial disclosure” after the newspaper asked him about it, and said Andrews submitted his report on Sept. 22.

But in the same statement, Andrews’ campaign also slammed Mace for not paying the thousands she still owes to the state ethics commission since serving in the SC Legislative Assembly. .

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The fines, which now total $16,600 as of September 12, are due to Mace being several months late in filing various campaign reports for her SC House campaign account which she did not close.

“Given that Nancy Mace has been slapped fine after fine by ethics officials for years for missing deadlines to file standard documents, it’s quite comical that her SCGOP pals now want to make it a campaign issue” , Carpenter said.

As part of The Post and Courier’s ‘Uncovered’ investigation, the newspaper asked Mace about these unpaid fines in 2021 when Mace was then given a $5,100 fine which must be paid out of pocket and not with the campaign money. At the time, his spokeswoman said Mace would pay the fine and close the account.

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“It’s time for Nancy Mace to tell the people of South Carolina why she thinks the rules should apply to everyone but her and why she chose to lie about paying her debts,” she said. said Carpenter.

The Mace campaign responded by calling the attack an attempt to distract from Andrews’ mistake. The campaign also said it was settling outstanding fines and closing the Statehouse account. They have not directly indicated why the debt has not been addressed to date.

“There is no change of subject: Nancy Mace has never failed to demand the disclosure of her personal finances, unlike her opponent who hides something. How much are taxpayers paying her to inject her politics into medical training at a children’s hospital? Taxpayers deserve to know,” Mace campaign manager Austin McCubbin said.

A copy of the report, which was reviewed by The Post and Courier, shows Andrews earned a combined income of $221,200 from a $19,000 salary from MUSC and a $206,200 salary from University. Medical Associates, MUSC’s group of physicians.

Mace’s earned income shows his congressional salary: $174,000.

It also shows that Andrews has a 30-year mortgage ranging from $250,001 to $500,000 on a “vacation home”, in addition to a 30-year mortgage on his primary residence in Mount Pleasant.

The Charleston-anchored district covers much of the southernmost part of the state’s coastline, from Hilton Head Island to parts of downtown Charleston, as well as parts of Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton counties and Jasper.

General elections are scheduled for November 8.

Nancy Mace spent $3.7 million defending the House seat against the Trump-backed SC GOP challenger


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