Joe Carr belatedly files financial disclosure required of U.S. Senate candidates

Nearly nine months after launching his campaign to try to unseat U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, on Friday belatedly filed the personal financial disclosure forms required of all Senate candidates. This came, reports the Chattanooga TFP, after the newspaper asked Carr about the filing.

Carr’s campaign manager, Donald Rickard, said the lack of filing “was an oversight on our part and as soon as it was brought to our attention we worked on fixing the error.” By not filing the financial disclosure within 30 days of his entry into the Senate campaign last August, Carr could be fined $200 by the secretary of the Senate.

Viveca Novak, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, said such filings “are important for voters to see what interests candidates have and where their money comes from” in deciding among those running for Congress.

The U.S. Senate web site shows only a half dozen of the 23 announced candidates for U.S. Senate in Tennessee have yet to file their personal financial disclosure forms, although several still have time to file since they only recently entered the race.

But Carr announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in August 2013after he gave up his earlier campaign for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn. In that contest last year, Carr also didn’t file the required financial disclosure forms.

The disclosure form showed most of Carr’s income last year came from his salary and per diem allowances as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Carr listed a salary from the state of $28,321.76,

Carr says in his campaign website that he and his wife, Ginny, own Cedar Snag Farm, a 95-acre farm near Murfreesboro, and he describes himself as a farmer and small businessman.

But the disclosure shows he earned only $2,14.90 last year from cattle sales. In 2013, Carr also worked as a business and marketing consultant for an automotive repair company in Murfreesboro known as TCB, which paid him $19,000 last year.