The House Ethics Committee reminded lawmakers Friday they’re forbidden to use campaign funds to pay staff salaries or other office expenses that are being cut as a result of the sequester.
“House Rule 24 does not permit offices to use campaign funds for communications purposes, such as constituent mail or official newsletters or other frankable items, or for compensation for services, furniture or equipment,” read a memo from Ethics Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and ranking member Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif.
The House Administration Committee this month informed members that the allowance each lawmaker received on Feb. 15 to cover expenses such as travel to their districts would be reduced by 8.2 percent.
The ethics memo reminded staffers who work while on furlough that they’re still subject to House limits on earned outside income and prohibitions on doing non-congressional work in House office space or using official resources. They also can’t do work that conflicts with their House duties.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.