A flyer sent to Congressional District 5 residents over the last few weeks is completely legal, according to a document released by Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn’s office on Tuesday.
Lamborn’s flyer cited a 100 percent ranking from the conservative National Journal Magazine, listed his positions on several issues, and talks about the president’s federal budget. And one of Lamborn’s opponents in the Republican primary, businessman Robert Blaha, filed a formal complaint with the U.S. House Committee on Administration, alleging that the flyer violates House rules. Blaha said the piece was essentially a campaign mailer, paid for by the federal government.
But the mailer was properly submitted to the committee and was given a green light on March 16, Lamborn spokeswoman Cat Mortensen said Monday. And on Tuesday, Mortensen disclosed a document apparently from the House Commission on Mailing Standards, dated the same day, formally clearing the flyer as legal.
Members of Congress are allowed to send government-sponsored mail to constituents, ostensibly to keep them in the loop about what’s happening in Washington.