JUST IN: THREE Judiciary Committee Dems hit with ethics complaints over ‘suspicious’ conduct
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EXCLUSIVE: Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee were hit with ethics complaints Wednesday, connected to a slew of alleged violations related to campaign fundraising.
Nonprofit watchdog group Americans for Public Trust filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Lucy McBath, D-Ga., calling for investigations of possible violations of House rules and federal law. The organization, founded by former National Republican Congressional Committee research director Caitlin Sutherland, also filed complaints against Dean and McBath with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The article goes on to state the following:
“All three of these members have engaged in disturbing activities that appear to us to be violations of federal law and House rules. This is especially alarming given all three sit on the prestigious House Judiciary Committee, which has direct oversight responsibilities over the U.S. Department of Justice and, by extension, the nation’s law enforcement,” said Adam Laxalt, former Nevada attorney general and outside counsel to Americans for Public Trust. “We’re calling on the Federal Election Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics to immediately investigate these suspicious activities.”
The complaint against Dean:
After suspending her campaign for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, the campaign funds from that race went toward her congressional campaign. “The complaints allege that this violated federal law and …House rules,” Fox reports.
The complaint against Jayapal:
Allege that she violated a House rule. Jayapal tweeted posts asking for campaign contributions. She included information about the “Medicare-for-all” bill she sponsored with a reference or link, asking for support to keep “momentum going” for the bill. The House rule prohibits members of Congress from soliciting certain contributions “linked with an official action taken or to be taken by a House member.” In addition, the complaint says federal law prohibits House members from requesting items of value conditioned upon performing official duties.
The complaint also alleges that by including a link to a C-SPAN broadcast of a House hearing related to that same bill, Jayapal violated a House rule against using broadcast coverage of official House business for political purposes.
The complaint against McBath:
McBath was employed by advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety before she launched her congressional campaign in March 2018, then remained employed there for roughly two more months. During those two months, she appeared on television as a candidate and also as a spokesperson for Everytown.
Everytown contributed money to her campaign “during that time, even though Everytown reported in an FEC filing that they first began contributing to McBath’s campaign on April 25, 2018,” Fox reported.
NEW FILINGS: The House Judiciary Committee shouldn’t be above the law. That’s why we’ve filed our first complaints. https://t.co/joeVyjJKs1
— Americans for Public Trust (@apublictrust) February 12, 2020
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