Conservative watchdog accuses Ellison of ethics violation
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.