CASPER, Wyo. — The business of Torrington attorney and Republican Wyoming secretary of state candidate Ed Buchanan was dissolved in 2010 and reinstated two years later by the business division of the office he’s running for, records state.
Buchanan called it a “one-time” issue, and two of Buchanan’s GOP opponents said they don’t see the lapse as a big deal.
Companies report assets from the previous business year in the annual reports. On Monday, another GOP candidate, Ed Murray, came under attack for being the registered agent of companies that didn’t always file in a timely fashion.
Clark Stith noted that Buchanan’s company is back in good standing, and he said there wasn’t any harm when he forgot to file.
“My focus in this campaign is on the real differences between the candidates, which for me, I’m the small-government candidate, and each of the other candidates represent some version of the status quo,” Stith said.
Pete Illoway, whose campaign uncovered the delayed filings of businesses associated with Murray, did not return a call and email from the Star-Tribune.
Murray takes Buchanan at his word that it was an honest mistake, he said in an email.
“However, we cannot forget that Pete Illoway started this episode by slinging mud,” Murray said. “I hope in the closing days of the election we can focus on policy and positions. I’ve run a positive, issue-based campaign, and the choice couldn’t be more clear for voters.“
In July 2010, the secretary of state’s business division sent a delinquency notice to the business of Edward A. Buchanan, P.C., for not filing its annual report on time.
In September 2010, it dissolved the company. In February 2012, the business division reinstated the company, records show.
In an email, Buchanan said his company missed a deadline several years ago. He said the Secretary of State’s Office stopped mailing reminders to companies that needed to file reports.
“I’m sure the compliance rate dropped significantly for a time until companies got used to this,” he said. “In perspective, I guess these situations should be evaluated as to whether they are one-time occurrences or an ongoing problem.
“I continue to focus on the Buchanan campaign and find it distracting to be engaged in an issue that arose between the other candidates in the race. I will stay focused on the issues that matter to Wyoming.”
The Secretary of State’s office used to send reminders by mail about annual reports. It switched to email notices because of budget cuts. The notices are a courtesy not required by state statute, said Jeri Melsness, director of the business division.
The primary is Aug. 19.