Trump-endorsed Joe Kent, who’s challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in a Republican primary, violated federal law by improperly disclosing his personal finances – Yahoo Finance

Joe Kent, a Republican primary candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, spoke during a Justice for J6 rally, near the Capitol in Washington, on September 18. The rally was planned by allies of former President Donald Trump and aimed at supporting the so-called “political prisoners” of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.Nathan Howard/AP

  • Joe Kent was months late in publicly disclosing his personal finances as required by federal law.

  • His campaign blamed unspecified “technical issues” for the delay.

  • Congress is considering an overhaul of laws governing the personal finances of lawmakers.

Joe Kent, a Donald Trump-endorsed congressional candidate, violated a federal law by failing for months to publicly disclose his personal finances, only doing so after Insider asked him questions about his missing records.

Kent is running against Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a six-term lawmaker from southwestern Washington state who voted to impeach Trump in January 2021. His campaign blamed unspecified “technical issues” for the months-long delay.

“There have been some technical issues with getting access to the credentials required to file our report from the House Ethics Committee, and we expect to resolve that issue shortly,” Matt Braynard, a spokesperson for Kent, told Insider earlier this year.

By law, congressional candidates may file their personal financial disclosures through the US House’s electronic filing system or on paper via mail or hand delivery to the Capitol. Kent, a former Green Beret who works at a tech startup, ultimately filed his personal financial disclosure in February.

His submitted disclosure said he earned $105,000 in 2021 from a full-time job and about $204,000 from a combination of his US Army pension, US Veterans Administration disability payments, and survivor benefits related to the death of his wife, Shannon Kent, a US Navy cryptologist who was killed in a suicide bombing during a mission in Syria.

Kent also disclosed a $40,000 advance payment for a book he’s writing about his late wife. His disclosure said he would receive another $40,000 upon the book’s publication, which is scheduled for late 2022.

He reported that he didn’t own any stocks or bonds.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican from Washington, faces a strong GOP primary challenge from Joe Kent.Al Drago/Pool via AP

Kent has been running against Herrera Beutler since early 2021, and his campaign raised almost $1.4 million during 2021, Federal Election Commission records showed. His recent fundraising efforts included an event at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where tickets began at $1,000.

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