Senate ethics complaints filed against 10 Senators

“These senators improperly attempted to use the IRS to suppress the free speech of American citizens for their party’s electoral gain,” said Brad Smith, chairman of the Center and a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “We will fight this type of abuse of power and work to ensure that those who have violated Senate Ethics rules are held to account.”

The 10 Democrat Senators with ethics complaints filed over their attempts to suppress political activity using the Internal Revenue Service, along with the year of their next reelection campaign, organized for your convenience:

SenatorPartyStateLast ElectionNext ElectionOpponent
Harry ReidDemocratNevada20102016
Dick DurbinDemocratIllinois20082014Jim Oberweis
Chuck SchumerDemocratNew York20102016
Carl LevinDemocratMichigan2008N/A (2014)
Michael BennetDemocratColorado20102016
Sheldon WhitehouseDemocratRhode Island20122018
Jeanne ShaheenDemocratNew Hampshire20082014
Al FrankenDemocratMinnesota20082014
Jeff MerkleyDemocratOregon20082014Monica Wehby
Tom UdallDemocratNew Mexico20082014Allen Weh

Note how many have reelection campaigns in 2014. Chuck Schumer's seat is probably safe, but he has a leadership position in the Senate so he's helping his friends. Harry Reid of course is the Senate Majority Leader. (The ethics complaint against him was filed separately, and focused on Reid's constant attacks on the Koch brothers from the Senate floor).

UPDATE: I have located the complaint.

This entry was published Wed Jun 04 10:47:19 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-06-08 20:35:42.0. [Tweet]

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