Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, who is facing a runoff election against Democrat Raphael Warnock in January, may have just violated Senate ethics rules by soliciting donations while in the halls of congress.
Appearing on Fox News, Loeffler, who was appointed by the Governor to replace Senator Johnny Isakson, warned viewers of "hundreds of millions of dark, liberal money ... pouring into our state."
Kelly Loeffler committed a crime on live TV - violating Senate ethics rules by soliciting campaign cash in the Senate building.— anyone_want_chips (@anyone_want_chips)1605764562.0
With this in mind, Loeffler asked viewers for donations, saying:
"That's why it's so important that everyone across the country get involved. They can visit KellyforSenate.com to chip in five or 10 bucks, and get involved, volunteer."
She's been accused of a lot more, but she never seems to be held accountable. Wealthy, Republican white privilege,… https://t.co/OUY5FoEa6B— Mary Jane Tod (@Mary Jane Tod)1605767774.0
Unfortunately, Loeffler delivered her request from within the Russell Senate Office Building, a federal building. Senate ethics rules prohibit Senators from soliciting campaign funds in such places.
Kelly Loeffler has no ethics. https://t.co/C27cndU87I— Bernard Fowler (@Bernard Fowler)1605536215.0
The Georgia Democratic party filed a complaint about the incident and hopes the Justice Department will open an investigation.
@Glamuary @MSNBC As did Kelly Loeffler yesterday. They think the rules don't apply to them. https://t.co/spnPH8GHNY— MelindaAndMimi (@MelindaAndMimi)1605787222.0
Scott Hogan, director of the state's Democratic party, commented:
"[Loeffler] has once again chosen to use her position of power for personal and political advantage by illegally asking for donations on national television while on federal property."
"She broke not only Senate rules but also federal law, and we've filed these complaints to ensure she's held accountable for her actions."
NEW: This morning, Kelly Loeffler, like Lindsey Graham before her, appears to have violated Senate ethics rules and… https://t.co/w7ZVl8FjwK— Roger Sollenberger (@Roger Sollenberger)1605742802.0
The result of Loeffler's re-election campaign will likely determine control of the Senate in January 2021. If Democrats manage to unseat both of Georgia's sitting Republican Senators, the chamber will be split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the deciding vote.
Can someone file an ethics complaint on Kelly Loeffler? She was soliciting campaign contributions direct from a “fe… https://t.co/pp45lqukOx— kathy levy (@kathy levy)1605780933.0
It's unclear whether Loeffler's violation of ethics rules will have any impact on her race, but Democrats in Georgia hope to hold her accountable for her actions either way.