(WHTM) – The Federal Election Commission says the person in Juniata County who filed to run for U.S. Senate under the name “Proud Republican” may have violated federal law.
On January 19, 2024, an individual with a Honey Grove, Juniata County address formally filed a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC as a Republican seeking to run for Senate.
The person also filed their Principal Campaign Committee to be “Election Twitter” with an Arkansas address. Google Maps shows the address to be on an apparent backroad.
In response to the Statement of Candidacy filing, a letter was sent this week from the FEC to the candidate saying it “requires the (Statement of Candidacy) to be true, correct, and complete.”
The FEC also noted that when the filing was made the candidate acknowledged that “I certify that I have examined this Statement and to the best of my knowledge and belief it is true, correct and complete.”
In their letter requesting additional information, the Commission says that “knowingly and willfully making any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation to a federal government agency, including the Federal Election Commission, is punishable” under law.
According to Cornell Law School, violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1001 is punishable by up to five years imprisonment.
No charges appear to have been filed in this case.
The Federal Election Commission says if the individual who filed the Statement of Candidacy believes their filing is “to the best of your knowledge and belief, true, correct, and complete” that they can file a Miscellaneous Text Submission with the Commission.
If the information filed in the Statement of Candidacy is not accurate, the FEC says the candidate can either file an amendment reflecting the correct information or indicate they intend to withdraw the form.
If the individual fails to respond within 35 days, the Commission will remove their Statement of Candidacy from the Commission’s website and database and retain its right to report the apparent false filing.
The Federal Elections Commission says they were unable to comment on potential enforcement proceedings due to confidentiality requirements, nor were there any publicly available statistics regarding referrals.
Referring to Juniata County property tax records, abc27 has attempted to contact the homeowners of the address listed in the Statement of Candidacy. A request for comment was not returned by either homeowner.