October 31, 2014
The Committee to Elect Tim Sheridan to Congress confirmed today that a complaint has been filed against 20-year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert with the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards for violating 39 U.S.C. Sec. 3210. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Mr. Calvert inappropriately mailed postcards, at taxpayer expense, within 90 days of an election in which he was a candidate.
“Mr. Calvert has served in Congress for more than 20 years,” Tim Sheridan said. “He should know that it is inappropriate to use the franking privilege as he did. We need public servants who will not take advantage of their position. Unfortunately, Mr. Calvert has done so throughout his career. It is why the public has such a low opinion of Congress. We can do better,” Sheridan added.
The complaint was mailed to the Commission on Friday, October 24. It asked that Mr. Calvert reimburse the taxpayers for the cost of the mailing, among other things.
“Our goal in filing this complaint was simply to protect the taxpayers from having their money used in an inappropriate manner,” Sheridan said. “Hopefully, Mr. Calvert will see fit to reimburse the taxpayers before we get to the hearing.”