Ethics Complaint Filed Against House Leadership

APT has filed an ethics complaint against House Democratic leadership for using the U.S. Capitol for a campaign meeting. During a March 2022 closed-door House Democratic caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol Building, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (“DCCC”) Chair Sean Patrick Maloney, and Representative Angie Craig made a plea to caucus members that “it’s time for Democratic lawmakers to pay their dues to the party committee.” 

However, federal law—and House ethics provisions generally—absolutely prohibit the use of federal offices to solicit political contributions or to conduct meetings on campaign strategy. APT has requested that the Office of Congressional Ethics investigate to determine the extent to which Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership used official resources to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of the DCCC because the misappropriation of official resources, including the exploitation of the power of the U.S. Capitol Building to further political fundraising goals, is a matter that must not be taken lightly.

The full complaint can be viewed here.