According to a complaint acquired by the Daily Caller News Foundation, Democratic Pennsylvania Representative Matt Cartwright may have broken congressional rules by appearing in television advertisements for the legal business of a major contributor.
Axios reported on Thursday that Cartwright lauded the law firm Parker Waichman and its partner Jerry Parker in July advertisements that have since been withdrawn.
Cartwright’s presence in the advertisements may breach ethics regulations since he “endorsement” Parker and utilized House resources to “support” the company, the watchdog Functional Government Initiative stated in a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday.
Axios claimed that in TV spots taped in Cartwright’s office, the congressman stated he “owe[s] Jerry Parker a great debt of gratitude” for alerting him about chemical pollution at Marine Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Cartwright presented a law he filed called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows veterans affected by pollution to sue the government for reparations.
The measure was signed into effect on August 11 by President Joe Biden.
FGI stated in its lawsuit that it might be advantageous for Parker Waichman, given the company is involved in hazardous tort litigation matters.
“Rep. Cartwright broke about every rule in the ethics book when he appeared in that commercial,” Pete McGinnis, spokesman for FGI, told the DCNF. “This is ethics dysfunction at its finest and FGI intends to point it out.”
According to the House ethics guideline, members are not permitted to “employ language or symbols that may falsely imply official sponsorship or endorsement.”
Members should also not utilize “House resources to support unofficial undertakings” that indicate “support of business endeavors,” the manual says.
According to federal records, Parker and his wife have contributed the current legal maximum of $2,900 per election to Cartwright’s campaign in each of the previous four election cycles. Previously, this limit was lower.
From 2012 to 2021, the donations total $54,500.
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On Aug. 9, Cartwright sent a cease-and-desist demand to Parker Waichman, claiming he had given no permission for them to use his “name or likeness” in the ads.
Parker apologized in a letter to Cartwright on Aug. 24, telling the congressman his “marketing team” made an “overreach” and that the ads have been removed from TV and the firm’s website. CONTINUE READING…