In North Carolina, candidates for office and many government officials are required to file a Statement of Economic Interest form with the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. These forms require disclosure of financial relationships and holdings in order for the North Carolina State Ethics Commission to address potential conflicts of interest in the exercise of a public official’s government duty. These forms become a public record when filed.
As the North Carolina State Ethics Commission’s website notes, failure to file a Statement of Economic Interest form by the deadline may result in a civil penalty, and knowingly concealing or providing false information on the form may result in criminal prosecution. Ultimately, however, negative publicity from ethics enforcement action may be one of the most important reasons to make sure to file this form accurately and on time.
The form is available online at http://www.ethicscommission.nc.gov/sei/blankForm.aspx.
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