Con­ser­va­tive watch­dog ac­cuses El­li­son of ethics vi­o­la­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

A con­ser­va­tive watch­dog group said Mon­day it would file an ethics com­plaint against Rep. Keith El­li­son, ac­cus­ing the Min­nesota Demo­crat of im­prop­erly us­ing his of­fi­cial con­gres­sional re­sources in his bid to be­come the next chair­man of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

The Wash­ing­ton­based Foun­da­tion for Ac­count­abil­ity and Civic Trust, a non­profit group, charges in the com­plaint it plans to file with the House ethics com­mit­tee that Mr. El­li­son vi­o­lated rules by pro­mot­ing his can­di­dacy for DNC chair on sev­eral oc­ca­sions on his of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count.

“Through­out nu­mer­ous posts, El­li­son has asked for the sup­port of his can­di­dacy, thanked other mem­bers for their en­dorse­ment of his can­di­dacy, linked to videos in which he spoke about why he wanted the po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion, and linked to his cam­paign web­site,” Matthew Whi­taker, FACT’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said in the com­plaint.

“El­li­son’s posts have in­cluded nearly ev­ery type of ex­plic­itly pro­hib­ited con­tent — cam­paign and po­lit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, links to his cam­paign web­site, and ad­vo­cacy for grass­roots or­ga­niz­ing and his po­si­tions,” he wrote.

“Fur­ther­more, El­li­son has two sep­a­rate Twit­ter ac­counts, a po­lit­i­cal one used for his DNC Chair chair cam­paign and his of­fi­cial House ac­count, in­di­cat­ing that he is fully aware of the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two,” Mr. Whi­taker said.

Mr. El­li­son’s of­fice did not re­spond to an email seek­ing com­ment.

The House ethics com­mit­tee has never pub­licly rep­ri­manded mem­bers for their use of their so­cial me­dia ac­counts for cam­paign pur­poses.


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