LITTLE ROCK — The Republican Party of Arkansas is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Democratic 4th District congressional candidate James Lee Witt violated federal disclosure laws by omitting required information from a financial statement.

LITTLE ROCK — The Republican Party of Arkansas is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Democratic 4th District congressional candidate James Lee Witt violated federal disclosure laws by omitting required information from a financial statement.


A spokesman for Witt said Tuesday the omission was inadvertent and will be corrected.


In a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics dated Tuesday, the state GOP said a financial disclosure statement Witt filed with the U.S. House in August, covering the period of Jan. 1, 2013, through April 30 of this year, did not disclose that he has a major fiduciary interest in the company Kanza LLC.


The company was registered with the secretary of state’s office on April 25. Kanza purchased an $850,000 home in west Little Rock in June, and Witt was the signer for a mortgage that Kanza obtained on the property, the party said.


Witt, a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who lives in Dardanelle, is vying with U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, and Libertarian Party candidate Ken Hamilton, an El Dorado accountant, for the 4th District congressional seat.


In a news release Tuesday, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said, "Democrat James Lee Witt tried to hide an $850,000 Little Rock golf course home from the voters of the 4th Congressional District by failing to include his company in his financial disclosure to the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. This sort of underhanded tactic is yet another example of out-of-touch Witt thinking the rules just don’t apply to him."


Witt spokesman Beau Bishop said Tuesday, "James Lee has been a longtime investor in real estate. He bought this property on June 2, 2014, as a good investment opportunity. James Lee and his entire family live in Yell County.


"His real-estate holding company, Kanza LLC, was organized on April 25, 2014. It did not hold any assets until this purchase on June 2, 2014, which was after period covering the report. An amended report is being filed to address this inadvertent omission."