The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) filed a formal complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee today against Senator Martha McSally for breaking Senate ethics rules and abusing taxpayer dollars. Yesterday, the Daily Beast reported that McSally violated Senate Ethics rules prohibiting the use of taxpayer funded mass communications by Senators less than 60 days before an election.
McSally launched robocalls this week paid for by taxpayers that used campaign style messaging and promoted McSally’s unsuccessful legislative efforts in the Senate. While McSally’s office tried to hide behind a loophole for Senators to communicate with constituents about the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, McSally’s message violates the provisions allowing for that waiver in numerous instances.
“Unfortunately, this is yet another example of Senator McSally breaking the law and abusing tax dollars to further her re-election campaign,” said the ADLF’s Brad Woodhouse. “Beyond her blatant abuse of taxpayer dollars, Senator McSally attempted to take advantage of a loophole designed to help her constituents struggling with a deadly pandemic to promote herself. This is swampy, unethical, and just plain wrong. The Senate Ethics Committee must begin an immediate investigation into this wasteful misuse of government resources.”
A copy of the complaint can be viewed HERE.