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Ethics complaint: Crist failed to report income, car lease on financial disclosure forms

An ethics complaint filed Wednesday is calling additional attention to Charlie Crist's finances.

The complaint, filed by Sarasota Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters, alleges that the Democratic candidate for governor failed to disclose two liabilities: his leases on a Jeep Cherokee and a St. Petersburg apartment. Crist mentioned both the car and the condo in a June 17 interview with the Herald/Times.

"As a result of this failure to substantially comply with financial disclosure obligations, Florida voters do not have an accurate picture of Mr. Crist's actual net worth," Gruters wrote in the complaint.

Gruters also said Crist had "misrepresented the nature of his financial relationship" with the St. Joe Company, a Panhandle-based real estate firm. Crist reported income for consulting with the company. But the complaint alleges he did not report "the full extent of his relationship" with St. Joe's because he had earned less pay for similar services the year before.

The complaint also blasts for Crist for not reporting any "income" through his consulting company, Charlie Crist, LLC.

"In no way does Mr. Crist report any income resulting from Charlie Crist, LLC and in no way does Mr. Crist reveal the extent of his ownership interest in the entity itself or any of its underlying assets as required," Gruters wrote.

Crist does, however, list the company's bank account as an asset worth $128.884.

Crist has recently come under fire for failing to release his wife's tax returns.

"Charlie Crist is cutting legal corners again," Republican Party of Florida spokeswoman Susan Hepworth said. "This time it is to avoid transparency on his personal financial disclosure." 

Crist spokesman Kevin Cate called the ethics complaint "another pathetic flail" from the Scott campaign.

Read the complaint below.

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