Gov. Tom Corbett is in hot water following the purchase of a vacation home in South Carolina. He did not make mention of the home in his yearly financial disclosure report, StateImpactPA reports.
Corbett and his wife, Susan, purchased the Hilton Head home for $265,000. According to the Associated Press, deed and mortgage documents related to the purchase were filed last December.
In accordance with the Governor’s Code of Conduct, put in place via a 1984 executive order by Gov. Dick Thornburgh, the Governor is required to report transactions such as the purchase of a home in his annual financial disclosure.
According to StateImpactPA, Corbett spokeswoman Kelli Roberts said Corbett was confused by the language of the requirement. It excludes primary residences and because of this, Roberts said, he assumed he could exclude the vacation property as well.
“It’s not something anyone is trying to hide,” Roberts told StateImpactPA.
She concluded by saying the financial disclosure would be amended to include the purchase.
Corbett isn’t the only official to have neglected to report a home purchase.
StateImpact reported that former DEP Secretary Michael Krancer also failed to report his 2012 purchase of a $1 million property in Vermont.
Krancer, who resigned earlier this year to work in the private sector, also made his transaction last December, while still serving in the Corbett administration.