Coats misses financial disclosure deadline

So how much money did former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) make as a lobbyist after he left the Senate? Coats isn’t saying, and his campaign appears to have missed the deadline to answer that question.

Coats’s Senate campaign has yet to file his personal financial disclosure (PFD) form.

According to the Federal Election Commission website, PFD’s “must be filed within 30 days after the individual becomes a candidate or by May 15 of the same calendar year, whichever is later, but in any event at least 30 days before the primary or general election.”

It’s past that 30-day window before the May 4 primary, and Coats has been in the race for longer than 30 days, too.

Democrats are eagerly awaiting the information. They have made plenty of hay about Coats’s work as a lobbyist. They point out that in a recent television interview, he declined to say how much money he made lobbying.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m.: Coats spokesman Pete Seat said the campaign will file for an extension.

"A letter formally requesting an extension will be filed tomorrow with the Senate committee, a common practice," he said. "The disclosure form is being prepared and will be filed soon."

UPDATE 10:24 a.m. Wednesday: Filing for an extension may be a common practice, but it turns out it's actually too late in this case.

According to Senate instructions: "An extension granted to a candidate is ineffective past the date such extension will result in a report being filed later than 30 days prior to an election in which the reporting individual is a candidate."

That means even if Coats's campaign asked for an extension, it wouldn't have gotten one past April 4, which would have been 30 days before the May 4 primary.