The jig is up for Nancy Pelosi now that she’s been caught red-handed.
She was found engaging in some shady activities.
And now the walls are closing in as this scandal spirals out of control.
Politicians in public office are supposed to keep their taxpayer-funded legislative budget separate from their campaign budget.
Generally speaking, taxpayer money is not allowed to be used for campaign purposes. This is supposed to prevent incumbents from leveraging these resources to overwhelm anyone who challenges them during a campaign.
Of course, many politicians do not follow the rules and often times it’s hard to catch them.
Sometimes they’ll have political staffers do campaign work during legislative work hours. And so long as there is no paper trail, the politicians often get away with it.
But one watchdog group says they’ve uncovered evidence that Nancy Pelosi, among others, has been using taxpayer money to fund political activities.
According to Fox News, “A government watchdog group has filed a formal complaint against some Democrat members of congress who have used official government resources for political campaign purposes, in violation of congressional ethics codes.”
“The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a nonprofit watchdog group, lodged a formal complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), alleging that dozens of House members are using official House resources ‘for political purposes…the most obvious violations being members using official government resources to campaign on their political social media accounts or using official government platforms to campaign.’”
“‘Though to some it may seem like a simple thing on the surface, the members choosing to break this law do it for a reason—it advantages them politically,’ the complaint states. Included in the list of alleged transgressors are former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Cori Bush, D-Mo., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., among others.”
These members could be in huge trouble if the complaint is found to have merit.
As the article goes on to state, “House ethics rules aim to enforce this law by also prohibiting members from using any official resource for campaign or political purposes. An ‘official resource’ is anything funded by taxpayers. Examples include all government buildings and House offices, a member’s official website and social media accounts, and photographs and video from the House floor or committee proceedings, the complaint outlines.”
This is a violation taken very seriously. Taxpayers should have a reasonable expectation that their money will go to public services, not self-interested politicians trying to stay in office.
Now, if Pelosi is found to be culpable in this case, hopefully she’ll be held accountable for violating the public’s trust and using their money for her own purposes.