Yesterday, a political action committee called Citizens 4 Ethics In Government spent tens of thousands of dollars to prop up the re-election campaign of U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from Tennessee’s 4th congressional district.
There are ethical questions about Citizens 4 Ethics In Government’s interference in the 4th district race. Almost all of the money being spent by the Citizens 4 Ethics in Government PAC comes from people associated with a company called Healthmark Ventures. Healthmark Ventures owner Andy Miller had ethical problems of his own in the 2012 campaign season when he used the Citizens 4 Ethics In Government PAC to launch political attacks against an opponent of congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik at the same time he was serving as campaign manager for Zelenik. Miller was forced to resign in disgrace.
Andy Miller is also involved in the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, a group with a name that sounds harmless enough, but has been cited by Islamophobia Watch as one of the world’s most virulent anti-Muslim organizations. TFC has supported an activist who calls for the banning of the Koran and has conducted training sessions for police in Tennessee about how to fight back against an Islamic uprising that TFC asserts is taking place, and has organized a conference called Sharia and the Islamization of America.
The Citizens 4 Ethics in Government PAC also seems to have a blind spot for the ethical problems of Congressman DesJarlais himself, who was reprimanded and fined for violating professional ethics when he was caught having sex with two patients while serving as their medical doctor. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government has listed DesJarlais as among the “most corrupt” in Congress.