Ethics Complaint Lodged Against Delgado Over TV Ad
A recently-filed ethics complaint alleges U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, has violated House rules regarding the use of congressional funds with a television commercial released earlier this month. In his complaint, R. Bruce McLean of Kingston claims Delgado used video footage of town halls paid for by official congressional funds in his campaign advertisements that were distributed on television and social media. Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, said sending a campaign staffer to film commercial footage at an official town hall probably doesn’t cross the line, if that staffer engaged in no overt campaigning at the event. But cross-promoting an official event using campaign social media platforms could constitute a violation.
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