- Senator Lindsey Graham asked for campaign donations after the hearing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Supreme Court.
- Graham is in a tight Senate race in South Carolina against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.
- It is illegal to collect campaign contributions from a federal building.
- Harrison raised a record $ 57 million from July through September, compared to Graham’s $ 28 million.
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Senator Lindsey Graham made a case for campaign fundraising after the Senate Judicial Committee hearing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Supreme Court.
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“I think people in South Carolina are excited about Judge Barrett. I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me fill the void,” Graham told reporters after the hearing.
It was quickly discovered that soliciting campaign contributions in a federal building was illegal.
“Senate members and employees are not allowed to receive or solicit campaign contributions in any federal building,” says the selected ethics committee of the Senate.
Graham’s Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison raised a record $ 57 million in July through September – the highest quarterly fundraiser for a Senate nominee in history, Newsweek reported. Graham told reporters he raised $ 28 million.
The Republican Senator made the same plea during an interview with Fox & Friends. Graham claimed that most of Harrison’s support came from outside of the state to depose him.
Graham also addressed Senate racing and finances during Tuesday’s SCOTUS hearings.
“I would like to know where the hell it came from,” said Graham, reporting Politico.
Graham, the chairman of the committee, appears to be betting on his role in getting another Conservative Supreme Court judge to help him keep his Senate seat.
He previously said he would not consider a candidate for the Supreme Court in an election year but was an advocate for getting Barrett’s nomination a few weeks before the election.