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Two top Democrats eyeing a 2020 presidential run topped the list for the most egregious ethics violations this year.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust released its list of Worst Ethics Violators of 2018, which includes Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
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Both Harris and Warren found themselves in hot water a few months ago for their opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
Shortly after the two top Democrats played up their resistance and used antics to fundraise and beg for money, FACT filed an ethics complaint against both senators.
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In the complaint, FACT noted the following section of Senate Ethics rules:
Senate Ethics Rules prohibit Senators from soliciting campaign contributions based upon any action taken in their official capacity. By linking a promise of official action with campaign contributions, a Senator violates a ‘basic principle’ of Senate Ethics that guards against conflicts of interest. The Senate Ethics Manual is clear that a Senator “should never use the prestige or influence of a position in the Senate for personal gain. This provision was intended ‘as a broad prohibition against members, officers or employees deriving financial benefit, directly or indirectly, from the use of their official position.’” Moreover, Senators are to...
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