Complaint Alleges Major Violation By VA Dems

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

Virginia Democratic representative Elaine Luria was in “clear violation” of both House ethics rules and a Department of Defense directive when she highlighted her military service in an ad touting her role in pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a watchdog complaint.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-profit government watchdog, filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics on Thursday. The complaint says Luria did not include the necessary disclosure in the ad, which highlighted her career in the U.S. Navy and featured her and other troops in uniform.

The Department of Defense prohibits veterans from showing themselves in uniform unless they also include a disclaimer noting that the department does not endorse the candidate. By violating the directive, Luria also violated a House Ethics rule requiring candidates to comply with “all laws and regulations applicable to Members when acting in an official capacity and campaigning,” according to FACT.

“I didn’t come to Washington to impeach the president, but I also didn’t spend 20 years in the Navy to allow our Constitution to be trampled on,” Luria said in the campaign ad.

 

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