Thursday, April 20, 2017

Report: GOP lawmakers selling access to top staffers | TheHill

Report: GOP lawmakers selling access to top staffers | TheHill


Report: GOP lawmakers selling access to top staffers

Congressional Republicans are offering donors chances to meet with congressional staff in exchange for campaign contributions, The Intercept reported Thursday.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) are advertising to donors that they will get invitations to events with congressional staff such as chiefs of staff, leadership staffers and committee staffers, the report said, citing documents it and the Center for Media and Democracy obtained.

Selling access to legislative staff could be in violation of ethics rules, which say campaigns can't use House and Senate resources in any way and that employees on Capitol Hill can't take part in fundraising as part of their official activities.

Fundraising activities by Capitol Hill employees need to be done as volunteer work.
“You can’t use resources that are paid for by the taxpayer to service campaign donors. That’s blatantly illegal,” said Caroline Fredrickson, a former chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

  

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