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Candidate financial disclosures show confusion in reporting

Sep 6, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Public Integrity Commission is revising instructions for the financial disclosures required of state officials and political candidates amid confusion among several candidates in this year's campaign about the reporting requirements.

The changes come in response to an Associated Press review of the disclosures submitted by candidates running for governor, lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner.

The AP's review found that several candidates, including some veteran politicians, had not properly reported assets and sources of income.

Under state law, a person who willfully fails to file a report or knowingly files a false report is guilty of a misdemeanor.

A spokesman for the Delaware Coalition for Open Government says he believes state officials and candidates would pay more attention to their disclosure forms if they were available to the public online.

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