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House Democrats hit with ethics charge for fundraising during gun control sit-in

June 28, 2016

 Last week several Democratic House members staged a sit-in, complete with catered meals, and threatened to stay there until gun control legislation was brought to the floor–they did not quite make it that long. There was apparently one small potential problem with this publicity stunt and that is that Democrats were fundraising during the event and that could be a violation of the rules. 

  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has now filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, here is more:

A conservative-leaning ethics watchdog group filed an ethics complaint on Monday against House Democrats who participated in last week’s sit-in to push for votes on gun legislation. 

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into multiple Democrats fundraising over the sit-in and using official resources for political purposes.

The group pointed to fundraising emails from House Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, soliciting campaign donations during the sit-in. The email signed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) implored supporters: “The Republicans refuse to lift a finger. It’s shameful. I need your help to defeat them once and for all.”

Another email sent by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) asked supporters to sign a petition in support of the sit-in and included a photo of the House floor.

House ethics rules state that lawmakers cannot use official resources — including locations in the Capitol complex — for campaign or political activities. Campaign ads, for instance, cannot be filmed or photographed in congressional offices.

“Not only do these email solicitations tied directly to official acts reflect poorly on the House of Representatives, the emails are directly contrary to the purposes and prohibitions of the Ethics Rules,” Matthew Whitaker, the group’s executive director, wrote.

“This type of behavior is precisely why the public distrusts elected officials,” Whitaker added.

  The Democrats responded by basically saying the rules are stupid:

“If you want people to calm down, there’s a better way than fighting a stupid battle over rules.”

  Of course they think the rules are stupid because they believe rules are for the little people not for them, they believe they are above the rules.

  House Speaker Paul Ryan has not ruled out punishing the members who broke the rules but to date he has not done a thing. It seems as if he is content to let the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust do his dirty work for him and personally I do not think he is up to the fight.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2016 7:27 pm

    We are turning into a banana republic. Once we go down this road there is no end to it. I doubt anything will come of it. As you say rules,… no one cares anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lou222 permalink
    June 28, 2016 7:39 pm

    Well, no one cares if it pertains to the left….now if it is the right, that makes a BIG difference. The media will pounce on it very quickly….I am so tired of all the double standards, aren’t you?

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 28, 2016 7:43 pm

      I sure am! Can you imagine the outrage in the media if it were Republicans who did this?!


      • lou222 permalink
        June 28, 2016 7:55 pm

        Steve, we knew back when George Bush was in office that things were not going well, then Obama came in and we were for sure that things were going in the wrong direction….now it’s almost 8 years later and there is just no doubt that it has been done intentionally. The media has played a BIG role in what has happened…there should be consequences for what they have done, but there won’t be. To have some of the old time media would be wonderful…we have Drudge and at least he says what HE wants to say, not what the talking points are for the day, but I am hard pressed to come up with any more than a handful that are honest. There are some reporters, Cheryl Attkisson, Jennifer Griffin and Cathrine Herridge to name a few that still report on stuff others won’t touch, at least we have them. If and when they are silenced, we will be in trouble.

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      • June 29, 2016 5:23 am

        Yeah, there are not many left and it seems like there are fewer every time we turn around. As the younger generation takes over there will eventually none left because they all will have been replaced with the indoctrinated.

        Liked by 1 person

      • lou222 permalink
        June 29, 2016 8:28 am

        Sad, but true!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. June 28, 2016 10:11 pm

    Sen Reid said at a press briefing “I feel that Marco Rubio should be sued to pay back all the money that the federal government paid him while he was off playing around running for president,”

    Reid did not answer a hastily shouted question from reporters about whether Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should be held to the same standar

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    • June 29, 2016 5:23 am

      Yes, another double standard by the left!


    • lou222 permalink
      June 29, 2016 8:30 am

      Ok, once you started off with “Sen. Reid”, I tuned the rest out….what that bastid has to say is never a good thing for the right,,,,ever! Double standard, indeed, Steve!

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 29, 2016 7:00 pm

        I know! At this point it is hard to take anything this man says seriously but somehow he still keeps getting elected…

        Liked by 1 person

  4. June 28, 2016 10:45 pm

    For being an in shape sort of guy, P. Ryan sure is a wuss! If the demon-craps want to party, acting like they’re doing something worthwhile, they can bring their own sack lunches for starters! We can’t even imagine all the tax payer’s $$$ they waste on themselves – by those who can’t stand them!
    To them rules are stupid when they interfere w/ their conniving and pathetic blow bagging, over catered lunches made for royalty – pretty revoting. gag … gag!>/i>
    ‘Shameful’. That’s one of their
    justifying playing cards they like to play pointing fingers at the Re-pubs, then have drinks with them later shaking hands and yucking it up together.

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    • June 29, 2016 5:25 am

      In the end he is one of the establishment guys and he is not going to do anything to hurt another establishment person other than make it look like he is. John Boehner light…

      Liked by 2 people

      • June 29, 2016 10:53 am

        Yep, SAD but true Steve.
        Forgot to mention the word ethics being used, muchness associated w/ them in anyway – even against them!
        ‘FACT is a group of citizens who are committed to exposing unethical behavior, changing the culture of politics, and restoring faith in our public officials. We believe that openness and transparency is vital to achieving this goal. A democracy provides its citizens with the tools and resources to ensure that public servants are held accountable, and we utilize these to investigate and bring unethical conduct to light. The mission of FACT is simple: To strengthen our republic by demanding the truth.’
        You’d think they’d be working day & night and still not have enough hours to bring to justice what needs correcting! Wonder who’s in this citizen group?

        Liked by 1 person

      • June 29, 2016 7:01 pm

        You are right, we have the tools to hold them accountable and we still do not do it! It is so frustrating!


    • lou222 permalink
      June 29, 2016 8:33 am

      Zip, I turned the sound down sometimes when I still had cable….then I would put C-span on and watch votes on the House or Senate floors….the body language tells it all….they are not enemies, they put on a show for a minute or two once in awhile, but you can tell by all the back slapping, it is all for show, period. There may before a few that mean business and want to do what is right for the American people, but on the whole, that goes out the window as soon as they are voted in…..we make millionaires out of most that we send to Congress….makes no sense.

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      • June 29, 2016 7:02 pm

        That’s right Lou, it is all a show! It reminds me of professional wrestling!

        Liked by 1 person

      • June 29, 2016 9:28 pm

        Yep, it’s sickening Lou. I was going to use back slapping, glad you did. They make a mockery out of something that once held integrity and worth. But, slimy parasites that they are sucked the life out of that.

        Liked by 2 people

      • lou222 permalink
        June 29, 2016 9:48 pm

        It is like alot of professions, they have become a shell of what they might have once been….there are so many that have no integrity, morals or, well, just plain common sense when it comes to a career….I was not aware that being a Congresscritter was something that was all that hard to do…guess it takes alot of money and influence from others to do a good job, huh? Especially alot of that money!

        Liked by 2 people

      • June 29, 2016 10:14 pm

        Tax payers $$$ mostly after they worm their way in. Some go in having those qualities of fortitude that you mention, then probably get drugged into the slime pit and are warped by power; becoming just like those they wanted to change.

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      • June 30, 2016 5:25 am

        I have to believe some of them go in with good intentions but they either get corrupted by the power and the chance to make money or else they are made an offer they can not refuse by the establishment once they get in there.

        Liked by 1 person


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