DAY THIRTEEN: Questions Frank LaRose Must Answer After Making It Clear He Doesn’t Think The Rules Apply to Him
November 27, 2023
LaRose Owes Ohioans Answers After Refusing to Disclose Financial Information, Dodging Questions About Self-Funding $250,000 and Claiming To Be A “Thousandaire”
Columbus, OH – Frank LaRose owes Ohioans answers after going thirteen days past the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee’s deadline to file his personal financial disclosure, making it clear he doesn’t think the rules apply to him.
Questions Frank LaRose must answer after refusing the follow the rules, self-funding $250,000, and withholding required financial disclosures:
- In July, you said “I’m the only one in the race that isn’t a millionaire…So I’m going to do this the old-fashioned way, the entrepreneurial way,” but you then self-funded $250,000 – what changed?
- You’ve mocked your opponents by calling them “rich guys [trying to] buy a [Senate] seat” and claiming to be the only “thousandaire” in this race, but you’ve dodged questions about self-funding your campaign $250,000 and blew past the November 14th deadline to disclose your own finances – why won’t you be transparent with Ohioans after you’ve attacked your opponents for their wealth?
- You oversee campaign finance compliance in Ohio, yet you are refusing to follow federal ethics rules and are thirteen days past the deadline to file your financial disclosure with the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee – why do you think the rules don’t apply to you?
What Ohioans are reading about LaRose believing the rules don’t apply to him:
- Ohio Capital Journal: “Despite that 90-day reprieve, LaRose has yet to file. The Ohio Capital Journal reached out to his campaign to see if the report has been filed but not yet posted or if the campaign has requested a further extension. The campaign did not respond…LaRose’s failure to file thus far is particularly notable given a $250,000 personal loan he made to his campaign in September.”
- Heartland Signal: “Candidates are required to publicly disclose their finances within 30 days of announcing their candidacy. LaRose announced his run for Senate on July 17 and subsequently asked for an extension on his filing on Aug 9. Despite an extra 90 days, LaRose again blew past his deadline on Nov. 14.”
- Ohio Capital Journal: “LaRose’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for more information about the source of his loan, but it seems like a substantial sum given his current state salary income.” [10/20/23]
- Tribune Chronicle: “I questioned how LaRose could come up with $250,000 out of his pocket for his Senate campaign. But Ben Kindel, his campaign spokesman, didn’t respond to my numerous inquiries.” [10/20/23]
- Cleveland.com: “Secretary of State Frank LaRose has gently mocked his wealthy opponents in March’s Republican Senate primary election by referring to himself as a humble ‘thousandaire.’ But the public will have to wait for details that could shed more light on LaRose’s financial situation, as a federal deadline for a mandatory financial disclosure passed Tuesday without a report from LaRose.