Complaint filed with State Ethics Commission says Sen. Joel Ford used taxpayer money for campaign mail
Senator Joel Ford (D-Mecklenburg) sent at least one newly registered voter a letter breaking state ethics rules.
The Insider reported on mail sent from Ford’s office on official stationary encouraging them to vote and to follow Ford on Twitter where he regularly promotes his campaign. The letter appears to have been mailed using state resources, including official stationary.
Lawmakers are barred from sending this type of letter using state resources within 60 days of an election in which he or she is on the ballot in a contested race. Ford faces a primary with strong challenger Mujtaba Mohammed, a Charlotte lawyer who has received several key endorsements, including from the Charlotte Black Caucus, Equality NC and the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board.
The letter was postmarked inside of the 60-day window, a clear ethics violation, which prompted the complaint filed by Real Facts NC Executive Director Daniel Gilligan.
Ford himself acknowledged sending the mail in question in an article from the Insider.
“Desperate and facing the end of his political career it’s clear Senator Ford sought to abuse the perks of his office,” said Gilligan. “We hope the ethics commission will investigate these abuses by a longtime politician.”
Read the full complaint here.