SC Dems file ethics complaint in Graham fundraising comments

SC Dems file ethics complaint in Graham fundraising comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina Democrats have filed a formal complaint against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for making a campaign fundraising appeal while speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill following judicial confirmation hearings.

On Thursday, the South Carolina Democratic Party said Graham “committed a crime and violated longstanding ethics rules by openly raising money for his campaign in a Federal government building while leveraging his official U.S. Senate activity.” A copy of the complaint was filed with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics and obtained by The Associated Press.

The complaint urges the committee “to immediately investigate Senator Graham’s actions and take appropriate remedial action” in the matter.

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Although Senate work has technically been called off this week due to several members’ exposure to the coronavirus, work in the Senate Judiciary Committee has gone on, with confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. As chairman of that committee, Graham has been at the helm

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