Campaign News · Press Releases

Calvert Violates Franking Rules

May 31, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matt Gaze, [email protected]

 

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR WILL ROLLINS CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO REP. KEN CALVERT FOR APPARENT MISUSE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS

Rep. Ken Calvert Allegedly Used Taxpayer Funds to Pay for Self-Promotional Mailers Shortly Before June 2022 Election

PALM SPRINGS, CA  — Former Federal Prosecutor and Democratic congressional candidate Will Rollins today called for an investigation into Rep. Ken Calvert for blatantly abusing his franking privileges and violating U.S. House of Representative rules by using taxpayer funds to pay for political mailers promoting himself within 60 days of the general election.

Members of Congress are allowed to distribute mass mailings to their constituents at taxpayer expense touting their legislative records (“franked” mail), but not within 60 days of an election.  Nevertheless, Rep. Calvert sent thousands of pieces of “franked” mail to residents across Riverside County in early May of 2022, in which Calvert claimed that he was “making Washington work” and invited voters to “sign up for [his] eNewsletters.”  The mail – at taxpayers’ expense – came approximately one month before the June 7, 2022 primary election.

Will Rollins, a former federal prosecutor and Democrat who is running against Ken Calvert, issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, none of this is surprising given Rep. Calvert’s history of using our tax dollars for personal gain. The irony is that he abused his franking privilege to claim that he supports law enforcement, even though he voted against additional federal funding for our local police departments in Riverside County just last year. You can’t call yourself pro-law enforcement if you’re pro-corruption.”

The alleged franking violation is just the latest example of Rep. Calvert’s reported ethical lapses and uses of taxpayer funds for personal gain: 

###

Up Next

Democrat Will Rollins Clear Front Runner

Contribute Now

Donate to the Campaign!

We've launched our campaign and our looking for your support! Donate today to become a founding donor.

Click on an option to get started. If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately.

footer

Get Updates

Update: CA-41 is considered a "MUST WIN" district for Democrats to keep the Majority. Chip in today >>
Jump to Content
First Time Visitor Popup