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Graves' personal financial report overdue
Spokesman for new 9th District representative says report was delivered Monday
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U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, is more than a month late filing reports detailing his personal finances, according to officials with the clerk’s office of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The reports, required of all congressional candidates, were due May 15.

By 7:15 p.m. Monday evening, Graves’ report still had not been filed, according to Kyle Anderson, communications director for the Committee on House Administration.

A spokesman for Graves’ campaign said, however, that the report was hand-delivered to the clerk’s office Monday afternoon.

Graves’ spokesman Tim Baker said the campaign was notified Friday that the report for 2010 had not been filed. Before Friday, Baker said, the campaign was unaware of the need to file another disclosure.

"We never received notice that we needed to file," Baker said.

Once the campaign realized the oversight, Baker said the report was filed immediately.

But officials with the clerk’s office say Graves was sent a financial disclosure filing package before it was due May 15.

"We do not have a record of having received a financial disclosure form from Mr. Graves in 2010," Anderson wrote in an e-mail. "We do have the filing from 2009."

Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, who lost in a runoff election against Graves earlier this month to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, called attention to Graves’ failure to file the report in a news release Monday.

Hawkins, who also faces Graves in the July 20 party primary, said Graves was trying to "keep the public in the dark" about a recently publicized lawsuit against Graves and state Rep. Chip Rogers.

The lawsuit, filed in Gordon County Superior Court, alleges on Jan. 21, 2009, Bartow County Bank loaned $2.25 million to Graves’ and Rogers’ real estate company, Tich Hospitality, for the purchase of property in Calhoun.

The suit claims the note is now in default, and also alleges Graves "was insolvent in that his liabilities exceeded his assets, and he did not have the ability to pay his obligations as they matured."

In an answer to the suit, Graves and Rogers say the initial loan was made in January 2007, and that in January 2009, the bank agreed to extend the maturity date to February 2011.

Graves and Rogers filed a counterclaim against the bank, alleging fraud for going back on a promised refinancing of the loan.

Graves and Rogers are due to give a deposition in the case on June 30, according to court documents.

On Monday, Hawkins called on Graves to publicly release the paperwork he filed with Bartow County Bank in 2007, 2008 and 2009.