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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
A government watchdog group included Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), both potential 2020 presidential candidates, on its newly released list of the "worst ethics violators of 2018."
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The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT—which describes its mission as "promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas"—on Monday unveiled the list, which includes both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
In October, FACT filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee against Warren and Harris for "improperly soliciting campaign donations." Specifically, the lawmakers sent fundraising emails before the Senate vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The campaign emails listed their officials roles and positions on the ongoing confirmation of Kavanaugh, and also included "Donate Now" and "Contribute" buttons, which were direct requests for campaign donations. FACT argued in its complaint that Senate ethics laws prohibit candidates from promising an official action or legislative work while directly asking for campaign cash.
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Senators must conduct themselves according to the Senate Ethics rules. Under the Senate Ethics Manual's Scope of The Authority, the Senate "may discipline a Member for any misconduct, including conduct or activity which does not directly relate to official duties, when such conduct unfavorably reflects on the institution as a whole." A Senator who solicits campaign contributions related to official action certainly casts an unfavorable reflection on the Senate. In addition, the use of official action for political fundraising is directly related to official duties. Thus, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics is well within the bounds of its Scope of...
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