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FIRST ON FOX: A government ethics watchdog filed a complaint against a Michigan Democrat for appearing to solicit donations from her Capitol office during an event.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a nonprofit government ethics watchdog, filed the complaint against Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., on Wednesday, alleging the sophomore congresswoman had solicited “impermissible campaign contributions” during a virtual event she attended from her DC office.
According to the complaint, Slotkin “attended a virtual meeting of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA)” in May, appearing to have attended from her office just across the street from the U.S. Capitol building.
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“She appears to have attended the meeting from her congressional office, presumably with congressional office equipment, with her congressional staffer present, and during the meeting discussed campaign strategy and solicited campaign contributions,” the complaint reads.
It is against House ethics rules and federal law to use official space, staffers, or supplies for campaign purposes, as they are funded through taxpayer dollars. The event took place at 1:15 PM, according to the event details, at a time when the House was in session.
“Both federal law and House ethics rules prohibit official funds and resources from being used for campaign or political purposes. 31 U.S. Code section 1301 provides that official funds are to be used only for the purposes for which appropriated—and not any campaign or political purpose,” the complaint reads. “The House ethics rules also require strict separation between campaign and official acts: A Member is clearly prohibited from using official resources for campaign or political purposes.”
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., holds a constituent community conversation at Oakland University, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Rochester, Mich. Slotkin, a freshman Democrat who flipped a battleground Republican seat, said Monday she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
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FACT included a transcript from the meeting between JDCA board member Michael Horowitz and Slotkin, which the complaint says backs up the allegations.
“You need to let us know—we know how we can help you, of course—never enough campaign contributions, particularly in an election that I think they’re gunning for you,” Horowitz said. “The Rs see you as very vulnerable and so we want to be there for you as you were always there for us. Thank you for taking the time today to share some thoughts with us. We appreciate it.”
“Well I appreciate that. You do not have to thank me for literally doing my job, but I appreciate it,” Slotkin responded. “So I will just …….