Ethics Complaint Filed for Rand Paul Campaign Video (Video)

Paul's campaign video appeared to violate Senate rules. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Paul's campaign video appeared to violate Senate rules. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) A Democratic watchdog group known as the American Democracy Legal Fund filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee Wednesday regarding one of Sen. Rand Paul's recent presidential campaign videos, which appeared to violate Senate rules. "Senator Paul blatantly used an official government television broadcast from the floor of the Senate as the basis for an advertisement for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016," Brad Woodhouse, a Democratic operative who runs the group, wrote in his letter to the committee. "This duplication of a Senate broadcast was in no way related to the business of the Senate or Senator Paul's official duties." Woodhouse, a former communications director for the Democratic National Committee, asked that the Ethics Committee launch a "preliminary inquiry" into the Kentucky Republican's campaign video. The video in question was posted on the Paul campaign's YouTube account on May 29 and used video footage and audio from Paul's May 20 Senate speech about government surveillance. The video apparently  violated the Senate rule that prohibits the use of footage of Senate proceedings for campaign purposes. At the request of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Paul's campaign removed the video from the site on June 1. According to the Senate Ethics rules of procedure, a preliminary inquiry involves determining "whether there is substantial credible evidence which provides substantial cause for the Committee to conclude that a violation within the jurisdiction of the Committee has occurred." The Senate Ethics Committee did not return a request for comment on the complaint, but the issue highlights a challenge for the five senators running for president: abiding by Senate rules while campaigning. Related: Rand Paul Campaign Video Taken Down (Video) Rand Paul Campaign Video Appears to Violate Senate Rules (Video) As Campaigns Heat Up, Candidates Mind Senate Rules See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.