New Alan Grayson Website Violates House Ethics Rules

Posted: Oct 21, 2009 3:21 PM
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) just took to the House floor to announce his new website, "Names of the Dead".  According to the website:

Every year, more than 44,000 Americans die simply because have no health insurance.

I have created this project in their memory. I hope that honoring them will help us end this senseless loss of American lives. If you have lost a loved one, please share the story of that loved one with us. Help us ensure that their legacy is a more just America, where every life that can be saved will be saved.

I'm told this may be an ethics violation because the site was created out of his House office.  Developing ...


The rules in the congressional handbook House Ethics Manual (p. 131) which it seems to violate are as follows:

Member and Committee Websites: Under rules issued by the Committee on House Administration set forth in the Members‘ Handbook and the Committees‘ Handbook, Member and Committee websites –

-  May not include personal, political, or campaign information; and

-  May not be directly linked or refer to websites created or operated by a campaign or any campaign-related entity, including political parties and campaign committees.

This website is clearly a violation of the above rules. 

The disclaimer says "Paid for by Congressman Alan Grayson," but includes links to his campaign website, etc..