Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is only a few days into his Senate campaign and he is already running into problems.
Schiff used some footage from the Trump impeachment in his ad.
According to The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), that is an ethics violation.
Kendra Arnold, executive director of FACT, stated, “This is a clear violation of House ethics rules and federal law.
“Rep. Schiff has been in Congress for over two decades and undoubtedly knows that official government resources cannot be used for political purposes.
“Rep. Schiff must immediately take down the video and cease distribution of the footage, and the Office of Congressional Ethics should move swiftly to investigate and sanction Rep. Schiff for this breach.”
This is the ad in question…
Our democracy is at great risk. Because GOP leaders care more about power than anything else.
And because our economy isn’t working for millions of hard working Americans.
We’re in the fight of our lives—a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator. pic.twitter.com/H0Pa0EhhMu
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) January 26, 2023
House and Senate floor videos are not permitted, by law, to be used in campaign videos.
Per a 2017 House Ethics Committee report, “Members may not re-use an image of a floor proceeding published by a third-party, if the member could not use that image in the first instance.”
Schiff’s defense is that a third-party group video was used, so this is legal (Schiff’s video was from NBC News), but that is really semantics here.
Source: Fox News