Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI) stands accused of violating House ethics after fundraising off of an unruly speech on the Capitol floor.
A government watchdog alleges the problem for the first-term lawmaker arose when she used a dramatic photo from her speech in a fundraising solicitation letter.
Per The Detroit News:
The nonprofit Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative group, alleges the use of the image violates House ethics rules against using government resources or coverage of floor proceedings for partisan campaign purposes and is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate.
“The ethics rules explicitly prohibit members from using House floor photographs for campaign purposes and from soliciting campaign contributions tied to votes,” said the foundation’s executive director, Kendra Arnold, in a statement.
“It is important these laws are followed and enforced to protect taxpayers and ensure every vote is taken on its merit and not for political gain.”
Stevens’ campaign on Tuesday said it would aim to prevent the issue from recurring.
Stevens’ speech from last Friday raised eyebrows when she refused to yield the floor after running over her allotted time.
Eventually, her microphone was cut.
.@RepHaleyStevens: “To our doctors and nurses,I wear these latex gloves to tell every American, do not be afraid.”
“The gentle lady from Michigan is out of order.” pic.twitter.com/iRCKW2pLZ6
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 27, 2020