Democrat Hit With Ethics Complaint For 'Misusing State Campaign Funds'
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Another day, another Democratic lawmaker has been accused of potentially violating congressional rules.
Nonpartisan ethics watchdog Americans for Public Trust filed a complaint against Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean, alleging that she violated federal election law and House ethics rules by using donations for a state race for her congressional race, which reportedly violates FEC contribution rules.
Before Dean became a member of Congress, she ran for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.
APT contended in their complaint with the Federal Election Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics that the Pennsylvania Democrat continued to spend donations she received while running for lieutenant governor, which reportedly violates FEC donation standards.
APT also filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Lucy McBath, contending that the Georgia Democrat allegedly violated federal election law and House ethics rules by coordinating with the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.
The nonpartisan ethics watchdog contended that contributions to a state campaign are not subject to the same reporting contribution limits as federal contributions.
Adam Laxalt, an outside counsel for APT, told Breitbart News that allegedly misusing state contributions in this manner would allow Dean “in theory to raise millions of dollars outside the federal limits and just transfer over” to a congressional race.
“They’re illegal, and they clearly give her a competitive advantage in a congressional race,” the APT outside counsel added.
Two other Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee were hit with ethics complaints last week connected to a slew of alleged violations related to campaign fundraising.
Americans for Public Trust also filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Lucy McBath, D-Ga., calling for investigations of possible violations of House rules and federal law.
“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.”
Sadly, many are probably thinking nothing will happen to these three lawmakers because they are Democrats.