Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Warnock

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Warnock

August 6, 2021

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan ethics watchdog, sent a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics calling for the immediate investigation of Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock for allegedly violating “Senate ethics prohibition on soliciting campaign contributions linked to official Senate action.”

In the letter, FACT Executive Director Kendra Arnold outlined that Warnock, on July 24, sent out an email to recipients with “I just testified at a special Senate hearing in Georgia on voting rights” as the subject line. They wrote that the email showed “urgency” and “importance” for what he will have the recipients do.

The letter also noted that Warnock included a “direct solicitation for campaign donations” at the bottom of the email, for which he was “personally” requesting the readers click on a “petition” and sign their name.

“Senators must conduct themselves according to the Senate Ethics rules,” Arnold outlined in the letter to the committee:

A Senator who solicits campaign contributions related to official action certainly reflects unfavorably on the Senate. In addition, the use of official action for political fundraising is directly related to official duties. Thus, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics is within the bounds of its Scope of Authority in investigating and ultimately penalizing this type of unethical behavior.

In a press release, Arnold wrote, “I encourage the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to immediately investigate and issue any appropriate penalties.”

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