Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he won't be releasing his personal finance records after twice delaying their release during the campaign, despite his constant call on the campaign trail for public accountability and transparency about money in politics.
According to the Center for Public Integrity, Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Sanders, announced that the Vermont socialist will not be releasing the records after receiving two 45-day extensions beginning in May.
"We were told that since the senator no longer is a candidate, there was no requirement to file," Briggs said.
The financial records would have run through mid-May, when the records were due. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both released their records on time. Sanders asked for the two extensions, both citing the rigors of the campaign trail as a reason.
Throughout the campaign, Sanders railed against Clinton for paydays she received on the speaker circuit, particularly three speeches she gave on behalf of Goldman Sachs for a $225,000 fee.
Sanders is known to be one of the least wealthy members of Congress. His 2015 Senate disclosure showed his wealth is concentrated in various mutual funds owned by Jane Sanders, his wife. He pulls in a small pension from the city of Burlington, Vt., where he served as mayor. He also has up to $1 million in mortgage debt and $50,000 in credit card debt.
The news comes a week after it emerged that Sanders closed on his third home, a lakeside house near Burlington for $575,000. Sanders and his wife also have homes in Burlington and Washington.