Complaint: Dem Rep Deliberately Misled Voters

A group of constituents from California’s 21st District have requested that the Office of Congressional Ethics review allegations that Rep. T.J. Cox intentionally misled voters about his personal finances by failing to list certain business interests on his personal financial disclosure.

Cox, a Democrat, has dismissed the complaint as a partisan smear orchestrated by the National Republican Congressional Committee and a former staffer of Cox’s Republican opponent in the 2018 midterms, ex-Rep. David Valadao.

Among those entities, according to a separate report from the Bee, are a for-profit Canadian mining company where Cox is a board member and multiple property development and equipment companies — some of which are now defunct, but still should have been listed on Cox’s candidate disclosures.

“At best, Representative Cox was grossly negligent in complying with the financial disclosure requirements and in failing to provide voters with complete and accurate information to make an informed selection of a candidate,” the signatories on the complaint wrote to OCE in a letter last Friday. “At worst, Representative Cox willfully concealed accurate financial information regarding current ties and past legal issues.”

Read more at Roll Call.

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