Red State Dem Faces Ethics Complaint

An ethics watchdog is calling on the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) for use of taxpayer funds for travel from a California trip that included a lucrative fundraiser where he raised nearly $100,000 for his reelection campaign.

The complaint from the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) comes two weeks after a Washington Free Beacon report on Manchin’s trip that revealed the use of taxpayer funds for a flight from Los Angeles on the same day he was hosted for a fundraiser at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Capital Group that led to $99,900 in contributions to his campaign.

Manchin’s office told the Washington Free Beacon after publication of its initial report that the purpose of the trip was half for official business and half for fundraising, and that travel costs were split accordingly.

His office maintained on Thursday afternoon that it is in compliance with ethics rules, but said it is unable to say what the official business on the trip was or provide details on how the costs were split.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.