Cox, who defeated Republican incumbent
His most recent campaign disclosure form, filed on
One of Cox's businesses, the
The congressman has stressed he's working to divest from his various interests, but his disclosures do not seem to show the full scale of those business ties.
A Bee investigation found that Cox failed to disclose ties to five businesses, two of which he is still listed as a primary owner or director.
House rules require that candidates disclose their business ties from January of the previous year to the date the form is filed. This means Cox's
Canadian mining company board
Cox sits on the board of
Under the For The People Act, the
Cox has been a vocal, public supporter of the act, which passed in the House on
He is listed as the owner of
A similar property development company,
JET Equipment, an
Cox campaign response
When asked about the status of his divestitures by
"You don't put together 10 or 15 years worth of businesses and get out overnight," Cox said.
Cox cited his ownership of various commercial properties as one particularly tricky area.
"You can't just get out of a loan overnight," he said.
Cox said he wanted to be as open and transparent as possible and not leave any doubts over any potential conflicts of interests.
"There are potential civil penalties for filing false reports, but penalties are rare, unless the omission was knowing and willful," Fischer said.
Those penalties are assessed by the
Home rental in question
It's also unclear whether Cox has rented out his
Cox received a
According to real estate website Zillow, Cox's
The home was then up for rent again in
It's unclear if the listings were removed due to the home being rented out or if they were simply taken down.
Cox disclosed rental income from a home in
Cox's staff did not respond to a question regarding his
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