Washington, D.C. — Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, for failing to name his clients while working for the private equity firm Advent International. Mr. Gomez is running against Rep. Ed Markey (D) to fill the Senate seat vacated by Sen. John Kerry (D) when he was confirmed as Secretary of State. A special election is scheduled for June 25, 2013.
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CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “Federal law requires candidates to name clients that paid them more than $5,000 for their work, but Mr. Gomez, a highly compensated private equity investor, didn’t list even one. The Senate Ethics Committee must investigate immediately to ensure Massachusetts voters have all the information to which they are entitled before they go to the polls.”
The Ethics in Government Act specifically requires candidates who were paid more than $5,000 in any of the two calendar years before the year in which the personal financial disclosure report was filed to disclose the identities of their clients and a brief description of the nature of the duties performed or services rendered. Further, the instructions accompanying the form explicitly direct candidates to include the names of these clients. Knowingly and willfully failing to provide this information is subject to civil and criminal penalties.
Mr. Gomez’s campaign website states he “helped pension funds, endowments, and retirement systems invest for their members’ retirement” and “helped grow smaller, regional businesses into national, household names — like apparel company Lululemon.” In addition, Advent has reported Mr. Gomez worked for another company, Synventive Molding Solutions. Therefore, it seems naming specific clients raises no particular issues of confidentiality. Although Mr. Gomez must have worked for specific clients in his last two years at Advent, he did not name any clients on the form he filed with the Senate.
Sloan asked, “Why would Advent pay Mr. Gomez hundreds of thousands of dollars if he wasn’t servicing so much as a single client? Mr. Gomez boasts about his efforts on behalf of a popular athletic apparel company, but is unwilling to name any of his other clients, even though he is legally required to do so. Why? What is he hiding? The Senate Ethics Committee needs to get to the bottom of this before next month’s special election.”