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Georgia Democrats announce ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Doug Collins
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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, holds a media avail with Georgia Sheriffs Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Lake Lanier Islands. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Democratic Party of Georgia announced Tuesday, Aug. 4 that it will file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, using footage from congressional proceedings in campaign ads. 

Collins is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and will be on the ballot in November.  

“Congressman Collins is violating the public trust of Georgians with his unethical use of official proceedings in his campaign ads,” Scott Hogan, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said in a statement. “We’ve filed this complaint to make sure that Collins is held accountable for his actions and violations of House ethics rules, and to urge the Office of Congressional Ethics to begin an immediate investigation into his conduct.” 

According to the complaint, Collins posted a campaign ad on his YouTube page on June 26 and used Fox News footage from House proceedings. That footage is from Collins’ closing statement on the House floor on Dec. 18, 2019 ahead of the vote to impeach President Donald Trump. 

The Democrats’ complaint also refers to an ad posted July 28 that uses a clip from the same footage. 

According to House ethics rules, “any coverage of House committee proceedings may not be used, or made available for use, as partisan political campaign material to promote or oppose the candidacy of any person for public office.”   

Collins campaign spokesman Dan McLagan said Loeffler and Democrats were “teaming up against” Collins. 

“They really, really don’t want Georgians to see the video of Doug demolishing the Left as Trump’s chief defender during impeachment,” McLagan said in a statement. “It’s a news clip.  It’s truth. They want it censored.” 

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