For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2018
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com
New Ethics Complaint Filed Against Evan Jenkins
Jenkins caught using taxpayer-funded photo for campaign purposes
CHARLESTON, WV — Today, the West Virginia Democratic Party filed a new ethics complaint against Congressman Evan Jenkins for inappropriately using a congressional photo for campaign purposes.
Last July, Evan Jenkins took a photo on Air Force One and publicized it on his congressional Twitter and Facebook pages. See it here. Recently, Jenkins started running a campaign commercial using that same photo. Watch the ad here (see the :01 – :03 mark).
The photo was taken with official resources, is being used in by the Jenkins campaign. It’s a violation of House ethics rules to use an official photo for campaign purposes (Page 123 and page 124 of the House Ethics Manual).
The Rules of the House prohibit the use of materials produced or distributed by a congressional office for campaign purposes.
General Prohibition Against Using Official Resources for Campaign or Political Purposes As detailed below, official resources of the House must, as a general rule, be used for the performance of official business of the House, and hence those resources may not be used for campaign or political purposes. The laws and rules referenced in this section reflect ―the basic principle that government funds should not be spent to help incumbents gain reelection.
Members and staff should be aware that the general prohibition against campaign or political use of official resources applies not only to any Member campaign for re-election, but rather to any campaign or political undertaking.
“The Rules of the House are clear as day and they prohibit members of Congress to use materials produced or distributed by a congressional office for campaign purposes,” said Belinda Biafore, chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party. “Evan Jenkins’ unethical behavior is what makes the D.C. swamp stink to high heaven and the voters won’t forget his misconduct. Congress must investigate these ethics violations by Evan Jenkins.”