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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Senator Vitter

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a bar complaint against Senator David Vitter (R-LA) with the Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel today. The complaint stems from Vitter’s alleged involvement with prostitutes in the infamous DC Madam scandal, at brothels in New Orleans, and with an individual prostitute who alleges the Senator is a former regular client. Soliciting for prostitution is illegal in both Washington, DC, and Louisiana.

According to the Times-Picayune, Senator Vitter recently requested that the Department of Justice open an investigation into the community organizing group ACORN, which is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. ACORN staff in several offices were videotaped allegedly giving advice to two individuals who claimed to be a prostitute and pimp.

In a press release, CREW’s executive director Melanie Sloan said, “Senator Vitter’s zeal to see ACORN criminally investigated for offering advice in setting up a prostitution ring reminded me he has yet to be held accountable for his own role in a prostitution ring. While ACORN’s conduct is indefensible, so is Senator Vitter’s and what is good for the goose is good for the gander.”

Ms. Magazine has featured Senator Vitter’s involvement in the DC Madam scandal where his Washington, DC phone number appeared five times in Deborah Jean Palfrey’s 1999-2000 call records for the escort service.

Sources:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Press Release 10/1/09; Ms. Magazine 2008

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