Tea Party Patriots files ethics complaints in the Senate
Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin has filed formal ethics complaints against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
The complaint against Sen. Reid seeks an official investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, on whether the Majority Leader abused his power by trying to intimidate private citizens and reward Democratic donors. It reads, in part, that Reid “violated Senate rules by unlawfully and unethically targeting private citizens, Charles and David Koch, whose philosophical and political views are in opposition to Senator Reid’s philosophy…” It goes on to say that Reid’s continuous attacks on the Koch brothers only seeks to reward Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer.
The complaint against Sen. Whitehouse seeks an investigation into whether he violated Senate rules by unlawfully pressuring federal agencies to target and conservative and tea party groups based solely on different philosophical views. In particular, Whitehouse pressured the Internal Revenue Service to pursue prosecutorial action against conservative organizations involved in political activity. “Senator Whitehouse should not be using his position to intimidate, harm, and silence his political opponents,” reads the complaint.
“Harry Reid is abusing his office in pursuit of naked political purposes and it is a gross misuse of his taxpayer-funded office,” said Martin in announcing the ethics complaint.
These latest actions from Tea Party Patriots seek only to reveal the gross corruption on Capitol Hill, and hold accountable those responsible for misusing their power. The IRS, at the urging of Sen. Whitehouse and under the watch of President Obama, systematically targeted conservative organizations for increased scrutiny. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that kind of political targeting never happens again. Intimidation from those in power is thuggish behavior. Whitehouse and Reid should be held accountable for their actions.