On Thursday, Democrats in South Carolina filed a formal complaint against Sen. Lindsey Graham.
This for making an appeal for campaign fundraising while he spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill following Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial confirmation hearings.
The South Carolina Democratic Party says that Graham “committed a crime and violated long-standing ethics rules by openly raising money for his campaign in a Federal government building while leveraging his official U.S. Senate activity.”
Graham has been under scrutiny lately and this isn’t helping his cause in the slightest.
A copy of the complaint has been filed with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics and obtained by The Associated Press.
In the complaint, Democrats urge the committee “to immediately investigate Senator Graham’s actions and take appropriate remedial action in the matter.”
On Wednesday after the judicial hearings, Graham spoke with reporters.
One reporter asked about fundraising in his expensive reelection contest with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, and if he thought the televised hearings were affecting the race.
“I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap — LindseyGraham.com — a little bit goes a long way,” Graham said.
”I feel really good about my campaign.”
When Graham’s campaign was contacted about his comments, they deferred questions about the ethics allegations to his U.S. Senate office.
Kevin Bishop, a spokesman stated that Graham was merely responding to reporters’ questions.
Bishop then added that he was “confident any reasonable person will see that any possible violation was unintentional and does not represent a pattern of behavior.”
U.S. Senate’s Rules and Standards of Conduct state that, “Senate Members and staff may not receive or solicit campaign contributions in any federal building.”
Graham, who is seeking reelection is facing his toughest opponent to date. If elected, it would be Graham’s fourth term in the U.S. House and Democrats say given his tenure the solicitation is “inexcusable.”
“After 25 years in Washington, Sen. Graham should know better than to spend his time campaigning in the halls of Congress,” party spokeswoman Lauren Brown said. “This profile in desperate and unethical behavior is unbecoming of a U.S. Senator — and it is yet another demonstration of why Sen. Graham’s time in Congress is coming to an end.”
The allegation comes on the heels of Graham’s opponent announcing that he had raised $57 million in the third quarter beating out Graham’s $28 million for the same quarter.
It all could mean the end for Lindsey Graham this year.