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Loeffler Democrats Accuse Georgia Of Violating Ethics Rules Of The Senate



The Georgia Democratic Party accused Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler of violating Senate ethics rules on Wednesday by soliciting campaign funds inside the halls of Congress during an interview with Fox News’ America’s Newsroom.

In the interview, Loeffler encouraged viewers to visit her website to “chip in five or 10 bucks” and get involved with her campaign, a solicitation on federal ground that Democrats say was a clear violation of Senate ethics rules.

“Well look, we know that hundreds of millions of dark, liberal money is pouring into our state. That’s why it’s so important that everyone across the country get involved. They can visit to chip in five or ten bucks, and get involved, volunteer,” she said.

According to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, it is prohibited for Senate members to “receive or solicit campaign contributions in any federal building.”

In response, Alex Floyd, a spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia, described Loeffler’s act as “shameless fundraising.”

“This kind of shameless fundraising in the halls of the Senate is a clear ethics violation, and yet another example of how Senator Kelly Loeffler is looking out for herself,” Floyd said in a statement.

“Instead of using her time in Washington to fight for coronavirus relief, she’s doing what she thinks is best for her political campaign,” he added.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler attends a Senate GOP lunch meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 20. On Wednesday, Georgia Democrats accused Loeffler of violating Senate Ethics Rules by soliciting campaign contributions in the halls of Congress.
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Loeffler isn’t the first GOP candidate to be accused of violating Senate ethics. In October, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham received two formal complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee for doing the same for his re-election campaign.

The violation came after Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on federal ground, when Graham was asked by reporters about fundraising for his re-election contest, and how the Supreme Court proceedings were affecting the race.

“I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap——a little bit goes a long way,” he said.

The statement prompted both the South Carolina Democratic Party, and the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center to submit formal complaints to the committee.

It is unclear whether or not the Democratic Party of Georgia has issued a formal complaint for Loeffler’s statement this morning. Newsweek has reached out to the party for clarification.

On January 5, Loeffler will face off against Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock in a high-stakes Georgia runoff race.

Two Senate seats are up for grabs in the state, leaving Loeffler and her fellow GOP incumbent David Perdue to defend their seats against Warnock and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. If both Democrats win, the party would regain control of the Senate.

Newsweek reached out to a representative from the Loeffler campaign for additional comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.



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