(PresidentialHill.com)- Despite attending in-person campaign events, a federal ethics watchdog group demanded that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) “immediately investigate” vulnerable Nevada Democrat Rep. Dina Titus’s “abuse” of House proxy voting laws by claiming that the “ongoing” pandemic prevented her from casting a vote in person.
Titus was investigated by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) for using a proxy to vote 114 times as of August 18 while frequently tweeting photographs of herself attending political events for her congressional reelection campaign.
The watchdog stated that Titus gave her right to vote to another member in a letter she submitted to the House clerk indicating that she was “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber owing to the current public health emergency.” Titus, however, repeatedly defied her claims by running for reelection or participating in political gatherings.
According to her Federal Election Commission reports, Titus cast her vote via proxy on January 12, yet her campaign paid for lunch at the National Democratic Club the same day. She would have voted in the House Chamber, just a few short streets from the National Democratic Club.
Titus registered to vote by proxy on June 13 but simultaneously uploaded photos on social media proving she attended and spoke at a political event:
Once more voting via proxy on June 14, Titus also released images of the same day’s event to social media, which FACT classified as a campaign event.
In addition, the complaint stated that a “comprehensive section” of House ethics standards mandates that representatives “conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House,” which is relevant to any action performed in the representative’s official capacity.
Additionally, it states that representatives must abide by all House ethics rules, including those put in place “to guarantee Congress can continue legislation during Covid-19” that permit members to vote by proxy “because of a public health emergency due to a novel Coronavirus.”
Titus voted by proxy again on August 12 and uploaded images on social media showing her presence at a campaign event and conversations with locals:
Kendra Arnold, executive director of FACT, said proxy voting was only allowed during the public health emergency. To vote by proxy, a member must tell the House Clerk that the vote is being cast because of the pandemic; if this is not the case, the member is lying to the House Clerk. We ask the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Representative Titus violates House rules and, if so, to impose consequences.
Here’s FACT’s real Landsman complaint.