FACT Files Ethics Complaint against U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson for Aiding Ossoff
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
FACT says Congressman Used Taxpayer Funds to Promote Congressional Candidate Ossoff
Today, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) for improperly using taxpayer funded resources to campaign for Jon Ossoff, his former aide.
According to the complaint, Congressman Johnson used his official House website to promote Ossoff’s Congressional bid to replace U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, in the House of Representatives. Recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution stories about Ossoff and 6th District voting were recently featured on Johnson’s official website, a clear violation of House rules. According to the House Ethics Manual, a lawmaker’s official website “may not include personal, political or campaign information.”
After being contacted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution about this issue, Congressman Johnson’s office deleted the offending material.
“Congressman Johnson has not only violated a very clear and basic rule against using taxpayer dollars for political purposes, even worse he tried to get away with it, ”said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director of FACT. “These are the kinds of actions that erode public trust in government officials and institutions, and that is why FACT will not back down from holding this type of egregious behavior accountable.”
FACT requested the House Ethics Board investigate this matter as both Federal law and House Ethics Rules prohibit House Members from using House resources, including congressional office space, congressional websites, and congressional staff time, for campaigning or any other political purpose.