Freshman Democrat accused of violating law

 September 7, 2023

A 26-year-old Democratic lawmaker has been accused of violating the law with his social media use. 

Maxwell Frost, of Orlando Florida, was hit with an ethics complaint from a watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, for misusing government resources on his Twitter page. 

"On his campaign account, Frost has published numerous tweets using official government resources and re-posting official government content, including official photographs, work product, and official social media posts," FACT Executive Director Kendra Arnold wrote.

Democrat's illegal advocacy...

Frost's social media behavior violates both federal law and House ethics rules on the use of government resources, the complaint says.

The examples are "too numerous to include" but the complaint says Frost "has abused official resources for political purposes" by routinely sharing posts from his government account on his campaign account.

The complaint includes examples of Frost's campaign account promoting official government messaging about policies that Frost supports.

"I recently introduced the End Junk Fees for Renters Act, which would stop landlords from profiteering off their tenants with endless, egregious fees!" one of the posts read.

His campaign account also includes a direct link to his government account, the complaint said.

"The legal violations in this case are clear and there are no facts that can excuse them," Arnold said.

Dems embrace

Frost, the youngest member of Congress and the first to serve from Generation Z, is an ardent advocate of gun control, abolishing prisons, and universal health care.

The former Uber driver won election last November to fill the seat vacated by Val Demings as she pursued a failed Senate run.

Of course, Frost is far from the only politician in Washington to engage in inappropriate or illegal political advocacy - indeed, his violations are minor compared to what's going on at the White House.

Joe Biden's own press secretary, Karine Jean Pierre, has been in hot water for campaigning on Biden's behalf in the briefing room, despite the prohibitions of the Hatch Act.

And President Biden - though not subject to the Hatch Act - violated a major norm when he notoriously used Marines as props for his menacing, blood-red speech at Independence Hall last fall, in which he described Republicans as domestic terrorists who threaten "democracy."

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