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Watchdog FACT Calls on FEC & OCE to Investigate Congressman Dean Phillips

FACT says Minnesota Representative’s Campaign Website Violates Multiple Ethics Rules


The non-partisan ethics watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), has filed a complaint this week with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) and the Office of Congressional Ethics Committee (OCE) against Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN) for multiple ongoing ethics violations related to his campaign website.


According to FACT’s complaint, Congressman Phillips’ campaign website violates federal law and House ethics rules by (1) including a link to his official Member website and (2) failing to include a disclaimer that identifies the authorized candidate committee that paid for the website.


TheHouse Ethics Manual clearly states that “’Member campaign websites . . . may not include a link to the Member’s House website; and The Member’s House website may not be advertised on his or her campaign website.’”


Additionally, The Phillips for Congress web page does not contain the required disclaimer on its website’s pages despite federal law stating, “all Internet websites of political committees available to the general public” must include a disclaimer.


“Congressman Phillips has violated two basic and straightforward ethics rules,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). “The OCE and FEC must ensure these violations are remedied, and that Congressman Phillips and his campaign are in compliance with federal law and House ethical standards,” added Arnold.


A copy of the full FEC and OCE complaints can be read here, and 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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