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House Democrat accused of violating ethics rules by fundraising off role on Jan. 6 committee

Added 06-24-22 08:22:02am EST - “A vulnerable House Democrat is accused of flouting ethics rules by fundraising off of her position on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6. 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “House Democrat accused of violating ethics rules by fundraising off role on Jan. 6 committee”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A vulnerable House Democrat is accused of flouting ethics rules by fundraising off of her position on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6. 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Ethics watchdogs told The Washington Times that Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat, may have violated House ethics rules by invoking her work on the panel numerously in fundraising emails.

“House ethics rules clearly forbid members from soliciting campaign contributions linked to any action taken in their official capacity,” said Kendra Arnold, executive director of the conservative Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. “In this case, Rep. Luria’s campaign emails arguably directly link her attendance at official hearings to an ask for campaign contributions.”

Mrs. Luria’s campaign has sent numerous fundraising emails in recent weeks asking donors to reward her “principled leadership” on the Jan. 6. committee. Most of the solicitations have been coordinated to coincide with direct actions taken by the panel.

For instance, Mrs. Luria’s campaign sent out an email only hours after the committee held a televised, prime-time hearing to unveil its findings earlier this month.

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