The House Democrats’ sit-in to protest a lack of gun control measures was seen as heroic by many on the political left and a cheap publicity stunt by many on the political right. But an independent watchdog group claims the House Democrats crossed the line of allowable behavior.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint with the Congressional Ethics Office Monday, alleging House Democrats violated the rules during their sit-in by taking pictures in the House chamber and filming Capitol buildings to use in campaign mailings. The group says the Democrats did these things purely to raise money, which they say is not allowed under House rules.
“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 purpose of the House ethics rules,” said the foundation’s executive director, Matthew Whitaker.
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