PEORIA - The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is being accused of violating U.S. House rules in using a photo of Bobby Schilling when he was a congressman sitting in a House committee in its most recent ad, "Heart."
In the new ad, the DCCC infers that Bobby Schilling is responsible for Illinois losing thousands of jobs overseas.
Peoria resident Ruby Arms wrote in a complaint letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics mailed October 1 that, "The DCCC, a Member-driven political committee organized under House Rules, violated the rules regarding the use of House committee footage, as well as those governing the use of official resources for campaign activity and political gain. House Rule 114(b) explicity prohibits the use of committee footage as partisan political campaign material."
Ms. Arms went on to urge the Office of Congressional Ethics to enforce rules and hold the DCCC, Chairman Steve Isarel and Members of the DCCC "accountable for the ethics violations they committed."
"Now here's a story deserving of a front page headline in Sunday's paper," Schilling spokesman Jon Schweppe said. "Congresswoman Cheri Bustos should immediately condemn the DCCC for their incredibly false advertising as well as their blatant House ethics violation. Will Bustos stand up against the corrupt outside money she claims to so vehemently oppose?"
Campaign ads have been an ongoing source of contention in the past few weeks in the northwestern Illinois congressional district. Last week, the Bustos campaign complained about four seconds in a Schilling campaign ad that didn't include Schilling's image with the required disclosure.