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Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Rep. Demings (FL) for House Ethics Rules Violations

Evidence Shows Rep. Demings Violated House Ethics Rules

Washington, D.C.— June 23, 2021— Today, the non-partisan ethics watchdog, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), filed a complaint requesting the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) investigate Representative Val Demings (FL) for using official taxpayer-funded resources for political purposes.

House ethics rules require a strict separation between campaign and official acts. As such, Members are prohibited from using official resources for campaign purposes.

Rep. Demings committed a clear violation of this rule when she posted a link to her campaign Twitter account via her official government Twitter account. A Member’s official account may not include any personal, political, or campaign information, or links to campaign-related accounts or sites.

“The House ethics rules on the use of official and campaign social media platforms is crystal clear and Rep. Demings has violated them with her tweet. It is the most basic principle that official resources must not be used for campaign purposes as Rep. Demings clearly did. The OCE must investigate and apply the appropriate sanctions,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director of FACT.

A full copy of the complaint can be found by clicking here.

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

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