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GOP files an ethics complaint against Reid, Priebus calls Reid dirty, unethical

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) arrives at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) arrives at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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The Louisiana GOP filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday against U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) for improper use of taxpayer resources, under Rule 2 of the Rules and Procedures outlined in the Senate Select Committee on ethics for campaign purposes during this 2014 election season.

The complaint letter, posted online, was addressed to Chairman of the Senate Select Committee, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), accusing Reid of using official resources for partisan electoral activities.

The complaint was launched due to Reid’s continuous attacks on the Koch brothers using his official government website and Twitter to finance the attacks instead of using a separate website and Twitter accounts.

“Americans are fed up with the type of hyper-partisan campaigning, and it is appalling that Harry Reid would use taxpayer resources to breach Senate ethics rules and pursue this kind of activity in his official capacity as Senate Majority Leader,” Louisiana GOP Executive Director Jason Dore said. “The Senate Ethics Committee needs to make clear this type of behavior has no place in the United States Senate and no one is above the rules, even the Senate Majority leader. It’s time Harry Reid is held accountable for his actions.”

Dore further said, “Reid has used both his official Senate website and official Twitter account in violation of U.S. Senate rules to host and promote the partisan attacks. Senate rules state that the use of “Senate Internet Services for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited.”

“If Reid’s official staff were involved in preparing the attacks while on official time in official office space, that would also be in violation of additional Senate rules,” said Dore. “The Committee must investigate whether Senator Reid’s actions as described in the complaint violate applicable laws and Senate rules and take action to sanction him appropriately.”

Meanwhile, RNC Chairman, fed up with Senator Reid’s actions appeared on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, the Daily Caller reported, to discuss how the GOP has filed an ethics complaint against the Nevada Democrat to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics over the issue.

“Harry Reid is so dirty and so unethical that some of these things have to happen,” Priebus said. “You have to put a marker down and say, wait a second. You are not going to use a taxpayer web site and a taxpayer Twitter account to attack Republicans. He doesn’t use a separate web site and a separate Twitter account for these attacks so he’s clearly using staff, taxpayer money, resources, a website, and computer equipment to launch partisan campaign attacks on the taxpayers’ money.”

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