Kirsten Gillibrand at SOTU: Did She Violate House Rules by Fundraising?

New York Democrat has her eye on 2020 — and used a tweet during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union to collect cash

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New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is running for president in 2020 and used a tweet during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union to fundraise for her campaign.

She tweeted this gif of her eyes rolling during the president’s speech.

Check it out here:


“Agree? Chip in $5 so we can put an end to this,” Gillibrand wrote, sharing the image of herserlf showing disgust over President Trump’s address, particularly when he touted the new jobs created.

“Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades, and growing for blue-collar workers, who I promised to fight for, faster than anyone else. Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps,” Trump said when Gillibrand sent out her tweet.

“The United States economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office, and we are considered far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world.”

But there’s one big problem with the senator’s tweet: It might be a gross violation of House rules.

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The Associated Press’s Zeke Miller tweeted, “Broadcast coverage and recordings of House floor proceedings may not be used for any political purpose under House Rule 5, clause(c)(1).”

The rule that follows seems just as applicable: “In addition, under House Rule 11, clause 4(b), radio and television tapes and film of any coverage of House committee proceedings may not be used, or made available for use, as partisan political campaign material to promote or oppose the candidacy of any person for public office.”

Obviously, Gillibrand’s tweet contains a television clip, in direct violation of House Rule 11.

This is not the first time this has come up.

Miller notes that questions about breaking House rules during presidential campaigns was also a concern when Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky ran for president in 2016.

Gillibrand announced last month that she was forming an exploratory committee to determine if she should run to become the Democratic nominee to challenge President Trump in 2020.

Perhaps she should explore House ethics rules as well?

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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