There's another excuse Martin gave that hasn't yet been covered. Martin claimed in one of his excuses (its hard to keep track of all of them), that he was just getting around to filling out his forms several months after the deadline because he only really made up his mind on September 30 of 2009 that he was going to run. However, the law seems pretty clear that you have to report your finances once you've raised $5,000: there are no exemptions for "not officially declaring" your candidacy. Furthermore, Russ Weiss had a great catch in the comments of this blog:
Martin claimed he announced his candidacy on Sept. 30. I checked whois.net for info on his campaign web site. Accordign to WhoIs.net, edmartinforcongress.com was registered on Oct. 29, 2008. It seems to me that Martin had tons of time to explore, commit and file forms.So Ed Martin gave several completely lame, easily debunked excuses for why he filed his financial disclosure form 300 days late, yet still somehow managed to fill out the form incorrectly. All this from a guy who's listed as the President of the Institute for Transparent Government.
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