Rep. Todd Rokita Again Called Out For Using Government Resources To Further His Political Career

Contact: Chris Hayden

Rep. Todd Rokita Again Called Out For Using Government Resources To Further His Political Career

Rep. Todd Rokita is once again in the news for mixing his official state business with politics. This time, Rokita is drawing scrutiny over his repeated access of a Republican donor database while he was Indiana’s secretary of state; a practice, the AP says, is a likely ethics violation. This is not the first time Rokita has ignored the fact that Indiana law prohibits state officials from engaging in politics when on the job.

The AP reported last year that Rokita’s congressional staffers “felt obligated to do volunteer political work” to help their boss’ campaign. This past February another bombshell was dropped when the AP reported that Rokita had spent millions of taxpayer dollars on his own campaigns.

“Todd Rokita talks a big game about fiscal responsibility, but he never misses a chance to use taxpayer funded resources to further his career in politics,” said Chris Hayden, spokesperson for SMP. “Rokita’s blatant abuse of power and misuse of taxpayer funded resources show that he really only looks out for himself and cannot be trusted to fight for Hoosier families.”

Associated Press:

Senate candidate Todd Rokita likely violated ethics laws as Indiana’s secretary of state by repeatedly accessing a Republican donor database from his government office, prompting party officials to lock him out of the system

Indiana law prohibits state employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or acting in an official capacity. It also prohibits work on anything outside official duties while on the clock, or ordering others to do so, and from using state resources for political purposes.

It’s not the first time Rokita has drawn scrutiny for mixing official business with politics. The AP previously reported that congressional staffers often felt obligated to do political work to help their boss’ campaigns. And a February analysis of state and congressional spending records revealed Rokita has spent more than $3 million in public money on ad campaigns that often coincide with his bids for office.