The Democratic U.S. Senate candidates are currently locked in a game of chicken regarding the public release of their latest fundraising numbers.
Both have filed their latest reports with the Federal Election Commission. But unlike the House, Senate candidates file by mail, which means that the numbers can take much longer to appear on the agency’s Web site.
Right now, Lautenberg will only reveal his fundraising totals if Rob Andrews comes out with his.
Andrews, however, will only show his totals if Lautenberg releases at least the last four years of his full tax returns (Lautenberg has emailed reporters summaries of the last several years of tax returns, but not the full returns).
“The stuff he sent out was just summaries. No schedules, no sources of income,” said Andrews Campaign Chairman Michael Murphy.
Lautenberg spokeswoman said that they have made the full returns available to the press at Lautenberg’s Newark campaign office, and that the Andrews campaign is just trying to stall.
“Anyone who wants to come to Newark to look at the tax returns is free to do so,” said Roginsky. “I’m just not going to ship out six or eight years of his personal financial information…. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve been released.”