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FACT Calls for Investigation into Sen. Rosen for Using Official Senate Video for Her Campaign

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Sen. Rosen Appears to have abused official resources for political purposes and violated federal law

Washington, D.C. --- April 27, 2023---- Yesterday, the non-partisan ethics watchdog, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), filed a complaint requesting the Senate Ethics Committee investigate Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada, to determine whether Senator Rosen used video taken in her official capacity in an official government building for campaign purposes in violation federal law and Senate ethics rules.

The Senate Ethics manual clearly illustrates that Senators are prohibited from using official resources for any campaign or political activity. The Ethics Committee outlines official resources as anything funded by taxpayers or invoking the authority of the government. Specific examples of official resources are government buildings, equipment, staff, websites, and social media accounts.

On April 5th, 2023, Senator Rosen announced her Senate re-election campaign and posted an announcement video. In the announcement video, Senator Rosen clearly used video taken by a news organization in the Senate Judiciary Committee room. Senator Rosen is blatantly using video taken in her official capacity as a Senator in an official government building for campaign purposes, violating federal law and Senate ethics rules.

“This is an important rule because it not only protects taxpayer-funded resources from abuse, but it also protects the integrity of official proceedings by reducing the incentive for Senators to use them for political purposes. It is important that the authority of the federal government not be weaponized for campaigning,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director of FACT.

A full copy of the complaint can be found here.

FACT is a nonprofit organization promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. For more on FACT visit: http://www.factdc.org/

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