‘The campaign emails both stated Senators Warren and Harris’s official role and positions on the ongoing confirmation hearing and then made direct requests for campaign donations…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are liberal superstars who are consistently listed as potential Democratic contenders for the presidency in 2020.
But according to the National Review, they’re also on another, even more dubious list: the top ‘ethics’ violators of 2018.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) named them to the list based on their fundraising in opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while it was still in progress.
FACT describes itself as a nonpartisan watchdog group. They filed a complaint in October with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against both women.
“Senators Warren and Harris both sent campaign fundraising emails before the Senate vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” the organization said, in describing the complaint.
The official complaint reads: “Specifically, the campaign emails both stated Senators Warren and Harris’s official role and positions on the ongoing confirmation hearing and then made direct requests for campaign donations with ‘DONATE NOW’ and ‘CONTRIBUTE’ buttons.”
The ethics rules of the Senate prohibits candidates from promising official action when making a direct ask for campaign cash.
Warren, who recently admitted that she was not a “person of color” after masquerading for decades as a Native American, called the ethics complaint “frivolous.” She said FACT was “one of these shadowy dark money groups.”
The National Review says it’s unclear whether the ethics committee ever took action against Warren or Harris.
What is clear is that at another Democratic senator, charged with the same lack of ethics, had a much different take when the potential rule-breaking came to light. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who immediately proclaimed Kavanaugh guilty once allegations of sexual harassment were made against him, was also accused of attempting to fund-raise off her opposition to his confirmation. But later, she apologized for the apparent violation.
It doesn’t appear that either Harris or Warren are likely to join her in admitting their lapse in ethics. And Harris, it seems, is busy planning to launch her presidential campaign as soon as next month.