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GOP Senator Accused Of Violating Ethics Rules With Her 'Shameless' Request For Donations On Fox News

GOP Senator Accused Of Violating Ethics Rules With Her 'Shameless' Request For Donations On Fox News
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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.

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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."

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 to chip in five or 10 bucks, and get involved, volunteer."

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.

The Georgia Democratic party filed a complaint about the incident and hopes the Justice Department will open an investigation.

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."

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.

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.