Michele Bachmann’s Capitol Tea Party May Have Broken Ethics Rules

November 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—It seems the wacky Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may have finally gone too far with her right-wing antics. Earlier in the month, Bachmann had made appearances on Fox News and used her official Congressional website to urge tea party members to descend on the steps of the historic Capitol building to protest health care reform, and to then invade the halls of Congress to harass Democratic lawmakers.

Now, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are calling for an investigation into Bachmann’s possible violation of House rules, by using her taxpayer-funded website to organize a contentious grassroots rally against fellow lawmakers.

Nearly 4,000 teabaggers appeared at Bachmann’s rally on November 5 shouting “kill the bill” and displayed offensive anti-Obama, racist and anti-Semitic signs, comparing health care reform to the Holocaust.

Bachmann employed extremist rhetoric in promoting her rally, which she variously referred to, as a “House Call on Washington” and a “Super Bowl of Freedom” to fight what she called the “crown jewel of socialism.”

A statement on her government supported website urged protesters to attend her rally:

“The people need to make a house call on Washington this week and tell their Representatives to vote no to a government takeover of one-fifth of our economy. This is gangster government at its worst.”

The letter sent by CREW to the Office of Congressional Ethics points out that House rules state that the content of a lawmaker’s website “[m]ay not include grassroots lobbying or solicit support for a Member’s position.” Bachmann’s statement on her website appears to violate the rule against grassroots lobbying.

CREW’s Matt Jacob told the Minnesota Independent that House members aren’t permitted to use official congressional websites to rally public action in support of or against pending legislation.

Additionally, Bachmann and other members involved in the Capitol tea party rally violated Congressional rules, by failing to obtain a permit for a rally on Capitol grounds. Bachmann and other Republican lawmakers were at pains to refer to the event as a “press conference,” even though lawmakers did not take any questions from the press.

Right-wing Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steven King (R-IA), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Todd Akin (R-MO) and others, were not about to let a little thing like a Congressional ethics rule get in the way of their promotion of an offensive anti-Obama tea party rally.



4 Responses to “Michele Bachmann’s Capitol Tea Party May Have Broken Ethics Rules”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 17th, 2009 8:19 pm

    GOP definition of ethics: “A tool to use to bludgeon the opposition when they refuse to give in to bullying by Corporate representatives who are registered with the GOP. May be ignored when convenient for the GOP member.”

  2. NH on November 17th, 2009 8:43 pm

    Wow this is funny.

    If you are right, I guess then we’ll ALSO have to bar SEIU from the WH visits, no more money for ACORN, disband the NEA, and abolish all public schools.

    Definition of Democrat Sheeple: Hypocrites who are using front groups for Soros and Rockefeller, the biggest banking and oil interests in the WORLD, to promote anti-capitalism and green religion!

    LOL too funny.. you guys.

  3. AStarSpangledGirl on November 18th, 2009 6:55 pm

    The fact, alone, that you use the term “teabaggers” in your blog makes it have absolutely NO credibility.

    And….how about those Obama mails I keep getting that call to organize several activities?

    You leftwinger nutbags don’t realize how PATHETIC you look when you attempt to grasp at straws…lol

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