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KDP CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO "MOST CORRUPT” MCCONNELL FOR SELLING ACCESS TO SENATE DINING ROOM

FRANKFORT – Today, the Kentucky Democratic Party calls for a Congressional ethics investigation into reports that Mitch McConnell has abused his public office for political gain by selling access to the Senate dining room in return for campaign contributions. Accordingly, the KDP will file a complaint for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) violated federal law.

Today, Kentucky Democratic Party released the following statement from KDP Chairman Dan Logsdon:

“It’s not a coincidence that just days after treating a corporate bigwig to a meal in the U.S. Senate dining room, Mitch McConnell was repaid with $10,000 to fund his rusted Washington campaign. These reports are serious, erode the public trust, and if true, his actions could be illegal. Without a full ethics investigation into this matter, the Senator’s constituents are right to remain skeptical. After 30 years in Washington, Mitch McConnell seems to forget all too often that he works for the taxpayers of Kentucky, not Fortune 500 CEOs.”

BACKGROUND:

McConnell Was Rated “Most Corrupt” In the Senate Four Times. Independent group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington wrote, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a five-term senator from Kentucky. His ethics issues stem from his possible use of Senate staff and resources to conduct opposition research for his campaign. He was included in CREW’s 2007, 2008, and 2009 reports on congressional corruption for unrelated matters.” [CREW, 2013]