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25th January
2010
written by Sean Noble

Erick Erickson at Redstate.com has a post that is certain to make you angry.

Remember how the Democrats vehemently denied both the existence of the death panels and the cold nature of the decision making processes that would be invoked to save money on health care?

Well, then you should not be shocked to learn the Democrat leadership of the House of Representatives is prohibiting members of Congress from putting links to Haitian Relief efforts on their websites and encouraging donations to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other groups.

Why?

According to the House Administration Committee,

“We understand the good intentions of those making such inquiries, but the rules of the House preclude Members from using official resources for any purpose other than in support of the conduct of the Member’s official and representational duties on behalf of the district which he or she currently represents,” the letter states. “This has, in the past, been interpreted to mean that charitable solicitations using official resources are not permitted.”

But don’t worry. The House Democrats say it is permissible for members of Congress to link to the White House’s relief effort. Just not private sector charities.

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2 Comments

  1. Sara
    25/01/2010

    If only common sense could negate franking rules…

  2. Doug Nick
    26/01/2010

    Sean:

    How long could a Member get away with thumbing his or her nose at this and set up a confrontation with the WH or Franking or whomever? If I were a GOP Member I’d link it anyway and see who wins that PR battle.

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