Ethics complaint against Rep. Tom Cotton dismissed

A complaint against Republican Congressman Tom Cotton, alleging that he solicited camping funds inside the U.S. Capitol during a radio interview last September, has been unanimously dismissed by the Office of Congressional Ethics.. The Office found there was not substantial reason to believe that Cotton was inside a House office, room, or building when he solicited campaign funds. The Cotton campaign released the information Wednesday, after a new ethics complaint was filed by former Arkansas Chief Justice Jack Holt asking the OCE to consider whether Cotton broke House rules by not specifying clients for whom he provided consulting services.

The Democratic Party said in a statement to our partners at Talk Business, "Congressman Cotton has yet to provide a shred of evidence that he was not fundraising inside the capitol on the eve of the government shutdown he caused that cost taxpayers $24 billion. Serious questions still remain about Congressman Cotton's commitment to ethical behavior, as former Chief Justice Holt's ethics complaint demonstrates."

The Cotton campaign responded, "Just like the Democratic Party's previous complaints, this one is frivolous, false, and wholly without merit. Tom has not only followed all ethics rules regarding financial disclosure, he has gone above and beyond the listed requirements by providing more information than he had to."

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