OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Democratic candidate for congress Kara Eastman is calling for an ethics investigation of her opponent, Republican Congressman Don Bacon after an article by online publication The Intercept said Bacon paid for mailers by both his campaign and congressional office, to the same person.
The article said that Bacon paid over $52,000 for congressional mailers to the same man that he also routinely pays to send campaign mail.
The article mentions federal law bans congressional funds, which are funded by tax dollars, from being used for campaigns.
Rep. Bacon calls it a hit job by left-wing media.
“The house administration reviewed and it was legal, and it was routine, normal,” he said. “There was nothing unusual about what we did. We gave it to the lowest bidder, right, we have two or three vendors that we use and the guy that gave us the lowest price, we took and that saves taxpayer money.”
Eastman says, "This is not a minor infraction but a big deal."
The Bacon campaign has paid the man, David Watts, a total of over $178,000 according to the Intercept article.