Lexington Mayor Jim Gray failed to file a disclosure form in his campaign for Congress that tells the public how much he makes and what he owns.
Federal law requires candidates to file their financial disclosure form within 30 days of collecting or spending $5,000. Gray hit that threshold on December 5.
The form is intended to let the public know about any potential conflicts of interest for candidates running for office.
“It was an honest oversight on the deadline and we’re going to file it as soon as we can,” said Jamie Emmons, Gray’s campaign manager in the Democratic primary for Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.
Emmons said Gray filed a similar form when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and that the campaign is working to update it.
Any candidate who files after the 30-day deadline gets fined $200.
The financial disclosure form is particularly important for Gray and other independently wealthy candidates who have the ability to self-finance a campaign. During his unsuccessful Senate bid against Rand Paul in 2016, Gray spent $2.5 million of his own money.
“In a campaign where he and his opponents are railing against big money and business interest controlling Washington, Jim Gray, himself a multi-millionaire, failed the first test of transparency he faced,” said Tres Watson, communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky.
All of the other candidates in the district filed their financial disclosure forms.
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, filed his latest financial disclosure form in May 2017. Barr is still eligible for retirement benefits from Kentucky for his time working as an attorney in the office of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher and has money in several mutual funds.
Barr was reimbursed for travel to two conferences in 2016, a Heritage Foundation Conference in Middleburg, Va., and an American Fair Credit Council Conference in Charleston, S.C. Both conferences provided him with food and lodging.
Since her retirement, former fighter pilot Amy McGrath collects retirement benefits from the U.S. Marine Corps, according to the form the Democratic candidate filed in August. While still in the Marines she was making $154,056 a year.
She also listed a farm in Inwood, West Virginia as an asset. McGrath said the farm is owned by her husband and his brother and that it’s used to raise cattle. She also received $1,000 as a speaking fee from the Conference of State Legislatures.
State Sen. Reggie Thomas collects income from Kentucky State University, where he teaches law, the Kentucky legislature and from his private law firm. All three sources of income for the Democratic candidate totaled $104,100 in 2016.
Thomas owns two rental properties, one in Washington D.C, which is listed as an asset worth between $500,000 and $1 million, and one in Lexington, listed as an asset worth between $250,000 and $500,000. He has stock in CBA Pharma.
Democratic candidate Geoff Young collects a monthly pension from Kentucky Retirement Systems. Democrats Theodore Green and Daniel Kemph and Republican Chuck Eddy are not yet required to file a financial disclosure forms.