Re: BREAKING: “GOP Rep and Military Chaplain Doug Collins Blames “Vendor” for Regulation-Violating Campaign Ads”

As an experienced Republican politician for 30 years, the picture of Rep. Collins should never have been in the hands of a vendor to use for purposes of illegal campaign advertising. It is the candidate’s and candidate’s campaign staff’s ongoing responsibility to police their media for legal and ethical problems with vendors. It is inconceivable that Rep. Collins and his campaign staff did not know about the prohibition of active duty military in uniform in political advertising, and especially so after the Republican criticism of uniformed service members who were not candidates appearing in the state roll call during the Democratic National Convention in August.

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4 Comments

  1. Old_ColdWar_MP

    Collins has no professional nor personal respect for legal or ethical matters unless he can use them against others.

  2. ironmoped

    I’ve written to the House ethics committee to ask for action to be taken against Doug Collins for his clear violation of the Hatch Act. The military is “drilled’ incessantly on the Hatch Act and cautioned about use of their association with the military during participation in political activities. Violations are punishable under the UCMJ and Collins should be punished just as any other member of the military would be. For him to feign ignorance is “conduct unbecoming,” particularly as a member of the officer Corps! He knows full well what he’s doing and should not hold a reserve commission nor should he be allowed to serve in the US House of Representatives!

    He clearly has no integrity.

  3. Tom O

    The Hatch Act does not apply to elected officials like Congressmen, or military members of the uniformed services of the United States. As other MRFF articles about this topic have stated, military members are subject to Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, and the spirit and intent of that directive is effectively the same as that of the Hatch Act.

  4. Ironmoped

    Tom O,
    Thanks for the correction. I would assume violation of the Directive (and associated military regulations) would provide a remedy under the UCMJ for Rep Collins

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