Roll Call reports today that staff in Kansas Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore’s office sent emails on their House accounts to aid Jim Slattery’s Senate campaign.
That’s a violation of House ethics rules and possibly federal laws, the newspaper says.
A Moore legislative assistant used her House email last March to send out an item from Prime Buzz reporting that Slattery, a former Kansas Democratic congressman, intended to run against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
"Get out your checkbooks," the email said, according to Roll Call.
It also reported that the aide, Sarah Lochner, and Moore Chief of Staff Howard Bauleke exchanged emails about Slattery’s campaign announcement.
Bauleke also used his House email account in May to inform people that Kansas Democrats would be hiring campaign workers, Roll Call said. Lochner used her's again in June to report about favorable polls
The story quotes Moore Spokeswoman Rebecca Black as saying that she has re-emphasized to staffers that House rules that forbid the use of congressional emails for anything but Capitol Hill business.