Ethics panel slams GOP Sen. Graham for soliciting donations from official building
Graham previously ran afoul of the panel in October 2020 for soliciting donations to his own campaign while within a separate Senate office building.
A Senate ethics panel on Thursday reprimanded Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for soliciting campaign contributions on behalf of then-GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker during a 2022 Fox News interview.
The Senate Select Committee on Ethics wrote to the senator that he "impermissibly conducted campaign activity in a federal building" during the interview, which took place in the Russell Senate Office Building, according to The Hill.
Graham previously ran afoul of the panel in October 2020 for soliciting donations to his own campaign while within a different Senate office building.
Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Chris Coons, D-Del., and Vice Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., noted his past infraction, saying Graham solicited donations for Walker "despite the Committee’s specific guidance following your violation in October of 2020."
"Your actions failed to uphold that standard, resulting in harm to the public trust and confidence in the United States Senate. You are here by admonished," the pair wrote to Graham.
Senators are not permitted to solicit or accept donations in "in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties," according to the Senate ethics manual.
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