ICYMI: Kistner Campaign Admits to Breaking the Law

Friday, July 15, 2022

“He’s not hiding anything,” Kistner spokesman said as Kistner continues to hide his finances from public view

Burnsville, MN –– GOP congressional candidate Tyler Kistner’s campaign admitted to breaking federal law on Thursday, confirming reports from numerous news outlets that he failed to file his personal financial disclosure with the House Ethics Committee.

Kistner’s campaign struggled to get their story straight Thursday when asked why he had still not filed his required personal financial disclosure two months after the deadline. And after admitting he broke federal ethics law, Kistner’s campaign brazenly claimed he was above the law, saying his violation was “not the end of the world” and “people do it all the time.”

Congressional candidates and Members were required to file a personal financial disclosure by May 16, 2022. Nearly two months after the deadline, Kistner has still neglected to file his disclosure, effectively shielding his finances from public view.

Failure to file a disclosure carries federal civil penalties. In a call for transparency, Angie Craig filed an ethics complaint with the Department of Justice against Kistner on Thursday.

Kistner’s violation of federal law is just the latest in a series of ongoing questions about his personal finances. Last year, a Star Tribune investigation revealed shady payments Kistner took from his own campaign, with ethics experts questioning whether Kistner used his campaign funds for personal benefit.

In Case You Missed It:

Minnesota Reformer: “Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner is two months late on financial disclosure form

  • Tyler Kistner, the likely Republican nominee to challenge U.S. Rep. Angie Craig in the 2nd District, hasn’t filed a required financial disclosure report with the House Clerk despite a May deadline. […]
  • This is not the first time Kistner has faced questions about his personal financial status.  

Star Tribune: “Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner faces complaint over late disclosure filing

  • GOP congressional hopeful Tyler Kistner is two months late in filing his personal financial disclosure form, prompting his DFL opponent U.S. Rep. Angie Craig to file an ethics complaint.
  • Their rematch to represent Minnesota’s Second Congressional District is among the nation’s highest-profile House races this year. Kistner, who filed his last disclosure a little over a year ago, was required to file another one or get an extension in May.
  • “He has so far done neither, violating disclosure requirements and effectively shielding his finances from public view,” Craig stated in her complaint, which she filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Craig’s campaign said the U.S. Attorney General could seek a civil penalty of up to $50,000 for failing to file required information.

Bring Me The News: Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner faces ethics complaint over financial disclosure

  • Second District Democrat U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced Thursday she’d filed a complaint against GOP opponent Tyler Kistner after his failure to file a personal financial disclosure report, nearly two months after the deadline. 
  • Craig’s complaint followed a Minnesota Reformer article detailing Kistner’s late disclosure, which in turn came after a Star Tribune report that called into question the amount he was reimbursing himself for mileage expenses.