Claire McCaskill’s finances keep getting murkier.
As news came out about McCaskill’s “amendments” to past campaign finance reports (which we wrote about last week), the extent of the changes were not immediately clear. They are now, and they aren’t pretty.
The Missouri Republican Party has filed a complaint seeking an inquiry into late reporting by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign.
Earlier this month, the Kirkwood Democrat submitted thousands of pages of amended campaign reports, dating as far back as 2006, when she unseated Republican Jim Talent.
Amending a few reports is one thing, but amending five years worth of reports is a horse of a different color.
But can you really call what she did “amending” the reports? Not exactly…
Rather than submit only the new contributions or expenditures, McCaskill has re-filed entire reports, totaling hundreds of pages, making it difficult to determine what's been changed…
"It's impossible to a compare a 1,600 page report, side-by-side," said Lloyd Smith, executive director of the state GOP. "McCaskill needs to stop playing games."
Smith added that "it may be legal," but it certainly is a "unique" reporting method for a candidate like McCaskill, who's made transparency and accountability touchstones of her political career.
Why re-file so many pages as opposed to simply amending the reports with a few pages, which is what they claimed to have done in the first place? Re-filing entire reports of that length sounds a lot like overkill… unless they have something in particular they’re trying to hide.
Remember, the Missouri Democratic Party called these changes “minor updates” and “tying up loose ends”, not the far-more-accurate “digging her own grave”, which is exactly what Claire McCaskill is doing, week after week.
McCaskill should provide documentation detailing what specifically was changed and updated for the voters to plainly see.
Preferably something shorter than Atlas Shrugged.