Nonpartisan ethics watchdog the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) sent a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) this week asking for an investigation into Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) for using taxpayer resources when she campaigned.
Slotkin was accused of “using official taxpayer-funded resources for campaign purposes, making campaign solicitations while in a House office, and a campaign contribution violation” by the group according to the letter obtained by Breitbart.
Federal laws and House ethics rules say that “a Member is clearly prohibited from using official resources for campaign or political purposes,” FACT pointed out.
“‘Official resources’ are anything paid for by taxpayer funds, including congressional buildings, office equipment, and staff time,” the group said. “Additionally, federal law specifically prohibits Members from participating in campaign meetings and soliciting campaign contributions while located in a congressional building.”
The group alleged that Slotkin attended a virtual meeting with the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), in her congressional office and with a taxpayer-funded staffer, who used his official title and called himself her national security advisor.
She discussed campaign strategy during the meeting and solicited campaign contributions, both of which violate campaign finance laws and House ethics rules.
“I do not believe I can win unless we have significant turnout from Michigan State students. Full stop,” she said during the meeting. “If there’s anything we can do on voter registration and voter turnout— that is, I think, the only way that I will hang on to this district.”
A tweet from the group shows Slotkin and her staffer at the meeting:
🚨 Week of Action Spotlight 🚨
Thank you for meeting with Jewish Dems, @RepSlotkin. From national security to defending democracy at home, we’re grateful for your continued leadership and partnership with JDCA as we advocate for our shared values. pic.twitter.com/8lM8gUG32e
— Jewish Dems (@USJewishDems) May 12, 2022
“Very serious offenses”
“The House ethics rules make it clear that using government resources for campaign purposes and soliciting any type of campaign contribution from House buildings are very serious offenses,” the complaint against Slotkin read. “This is the case because it implicates a foundational principle that Members cannot use government resources for their political gain.”
Although the case against Slotkin is a strong one, it is doubtful that she will be investigated by her own party while they hold power.
Fortunately, it likely won’t be much longer that Democrats run the House.
In all likelihood, this complaint is part of an effort to hit the ground running with investigations into Democrats after the midterms, when Republicans are widely expected to regain the majority amid historic unhappiness with the current state of affairs in Washington.