Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Senate special election Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, CREW said they filed the complaint against Gomez for "failing to name his clients while working for the private equity firm Advent International."
Gomez, a Cohasset businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL, will face Congressman Edward Markey of Malde, Democratic nominee, in the election June 25 to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in the statement that candidates must name clients that paid them more than $5,000 for services, under federal law.
"Mr. Gomez, a highly compensated private equity investor, didn’t list even one," Sloan said in the statement, adding the committee should "investigate immediately to ensure Massachusetts voters have all the information to which they are entitled before they go to the polls.”
The CREW statement cited Gomez's campaign website, which says the candidate "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."
"Therefore, it seems naming specific clients raises no particular issues of confidentiality," according to the statement. "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."