Complaint Against Congressman’s Mailer Dismissed

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A Congressional Commission has dismissed a complaint against Congressman Doug Lamborn. The complaint, which was filed by his same-party competitor for reelection, alleged a mailer was in violation of the congressional privilege known as “Franking.”

Robert Blaha, the Republican challenger for the 5th district seat, formal complaint with that Franking Commission, claiming Lamborn used tax dollars to send a mailer for the purpose of self-promotion. The Commission has now replied with a letter to Blaha’s attorney, a copy of which was provided to KKTV by Lamborn’s office.

Franking is a privilege provided to Member of Congress, allowing them to send mail under their signature and without postage. All of the mail sent this way is reviewed by a bipartisan commission before being sent.

According to that letter, which is signed by Chairman Aaron Schock and Ranking Member Susan Davis, “the Commission finds there is not substantial reason to believe that any violation of the Franking laws and regulations had occurred and respectfully dismisses the complaint.”

Blaha had alleged the mailer broke the rules by promoting his leadership resume and mentioning political slogans. At the time, he said Lamborn’s alleged abuse of the privilege “typifies the entitlement mentality of the permanent political class.”

Firing back after the complaint was dismissed, Lamborn’s office called it “unfounded, mean-spirited attack.”

“As we said from the start, this was an unfounded allegation made by an individual who shows stunning ignorance of the most basic operations of Congress,” Lamborn’s office said.

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  • by DoctorZ Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
    I have grown tired of the mailings by Lamborn. He has sponsored and accomplished absolutely nothing during this past term. His claim to fame is being the "most conservative" member of the House. In these times of political extremes, representatives or senators who are the most extreme conservative or extreme liberal members of our government are largely responsible for the current dysfunction in D.C. We need leaders who understand that our political system is designed around compromise and who are willing to work hard for the country and get something done.
  • by Anonymous Location: C.S. on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    Sorry but I think his ridicule was founded. I like him and will vote for him again.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    If Mr. Blaha really wants to change a thing or two in Washington, he should rent a home in Congressional District One or Two where he could run against DeGette or Polis, two flaming hot Socialist Progressives. Lamborn is one of the most recognized Conservatives in Congress, from any state.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    A problem in Washington is this constant looking the other way. The mail piece was approved by a committee - a committee formed of OTHER congresspersons who themselves do the same thing! They've got their whole own little world out there in Washington and its high time we shined some spotlights on it. Its time to throw the bums out. I'm cool with Mr. Business Guy and as much fresh blood as we can get.
  • by Dilbert Location: CS on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    What a maroon. Wants a seat in Congress and is wasting resources on a complaint about an item already reviewed by a bipartisan committee.
  • by Urkle Location: ColoradoSprings on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:03 PM
    I'm totally disgusted with Lamborn -- he is a do-nothing but make the people of Southern Colorado look like they are from Po-Dunk-Ville. His ridicule of the President and his 1800's philosophy makes him a laughing-stock. I'll vote for ANYONE other than that pinhead who is representing himself -- not us! And I'm disgusted with his mailers -- the USPS has trouble making ends meet and here comes his drivel!
  • by sam Location: cs on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    Blaha lost any support I might have had for him with his countless silly tv & radio ads, with the annoying 'circus' music drowning him out & driving in the car. For about the first 6 months of his ads, he wouldn't say whether he was Dem or Republican, which makes me think he was trying to drum up support on his 'generic' ads alone?? I just thought, if you're so ashamed of your party, why bother? No vote here!!
  • by Burbank on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    I might not be so disappointed in Mr. Lamborn's performance were his automated phone system would tell us about his (town hall) meetings before they occurred and not WHILE they were taking place. But not by much. As one registered as a Republican I throw down a gauntlet: I will vote for anyone who will represent our area and not simply strain at the leash. Come on Democrats and Independents. The bar cannot be much lower. Offer us a candidate with original ideas and possesses vertebrae. I'm tired of cheerleaders and party line apparatchiks.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    really...what the hades has lamborn done....except make my gaydar FLY off the meter
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    Is Rob Blaha related to Rob Loblaw who writes a law blog?
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