Ethics Violations, Missed Votes, & Brutal Stories: Ralph Abraham’s Awful Week — And It’s Only Tuesday

It’s been a rough week for Congressman Ralph Abraham – and it’s only Tuesday. Abraham’s week began with a brutal story in the Advocate detailing how Abraham has essentially abandoned his responsibilities as a Congressman to campaign for Governor. The Advocate noted that Abraham missed almost two-dozen votes since announcing his gubernatorial campaign. Abraham missed votes during the government shutdown nearly every week to raise money for himself.

Then, later on Monday, American Ledger reported that Abraham violated House ethics rules at least 20 different times by posting campaign content on his taxpayer funded website.

Now, Abraham is facing a possible investigation into his unethical conduct after the American Democracy Legal Fund filed a formal complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Then to top it off, there’s more chatter about Republicans recruiting former Congressman John Fleming (who came in 5th place in his last statewide […]

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New Ad Urges Ralph Abraham to Show Up to Work

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American Bridge is launching new digital ads in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans, Shreveport, Alexandria, Lake Charles, and Monroe to urge Congressman Ralph Abraham to show up to work. The ads are targeted to federal government employees affected by the recent government shutdown, and encourage viewers to call Abraham’s office to urge him to show up to work. The ad follows a petition and social media ad campaign American Bridge launched last week challenging Abraham to show up to work for the entire month of February. As of now, Abraham has declined to accept the offer.

While some members of Congress spent the last few weeks working to end the shutdown, Congressman Abraham had other priorities. Abraham skipped votes nearly every week of the shutdown to fundraise for his campaign for Governor.

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New Online Campaign Challenges Ralph Abraham to Show Up to Work for an Entire Month

Can Ralph Abraham go the entire month of February without missing votes to campaign?

While Abraham has been busy skipping out on votes to campaign, 6,000 Louisianans aren’t getting paid because of the shutdown

American Bridge is launching a new social media ad campaign and grassroots petition challenging Congressman Ralph Abraham to show up to work for an entire month. The petition, which can be viewed here, urges Congressman Abraham to do his job and show up to work for the entire month of February. Abraham has missed votes nearly every week of the shutdown to campaign for himself, including yesterday.

Knowing how reticent Congressman Abraham is to showing up to work, we decided to make this easier for him by selecting the shortest month of the year.

“Unlike Ralph Abraham, most Louisianans don’t have the luxury of skipping out on work whenever they feel like […]

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WATCH: JUST HAPPENED: Congressman Ralph Abraham Walking In to a Fundraiser While Literally Missing Votes

Watch Abraham walk into a fundraiser in Lake Providence while House of Representatives is voting

Is he even pretending to do his job anymore? Right now, the House of Representatives – which far as we know Congressman Abraham is still a member of – is literally voting. What’s Congressman Ralph Abraham doing? Casting votes to help his constituents. He’s raising money for himself, of course. Abraham has now missed multiple votes to raise money for his floundering campaign for Louisiana Governor. In fact, Abraham has held a fundraiser nearly every week of the shutdown. We’re sure that’s comforting for his constituents who aren’t getting paid because of politicians like Abraham.

“How fitting for a politician who stiffed sick kids out of money he promised them to miss votes during a shutdown to raise money for himself,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “While Lyin’ Ralph Abraham clearly isn’t interested in doing his […]

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First Ads Launch on Ralph Abraham Breaking His Promise to Sick Kids and Constituents

Watch the ad, called Lyin’ Ralph Abraham, here

American Bridge is launching a statewide digital ad buy this weekend targeting Congressman Ralph Abraham for breaking his promise to donate his congressional salary to help veterans and children with cancer.

Last night news broke that Abraham broke a campaign pledge to Louisiana voters to donate his entire congressional salary to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veterans Independence Fund. Abraham admitted to the Advocate that he had not donated his congressional salary for the last few years, as he had promised.

Depending on how many years he was breaking his promise to donate his salary, Abraham owes the Veterans Independence Fund and St. Jude’s Hospital anywhere between $348,000 and $696,000 according to calculations by Bayou Brief.

The 30-second digital spot will run on social media platforms across Louisiana. The ad, called […]

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Lyin’ Ralph Abraham Owes Veterans Group and St. Jude Children’s Hospital Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Last night news broke that Congressman Ralph Abraham broke a campaign pledge to Louisiana voters to donate his entire congressional salary to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veterans Independence Fund. Abraham, who was caught in another lie last week when he falsely told a radio station he was not campaigning during the shutdown, admitted to the Advocate that he had not donated his congressional salary for the last few years, as he had promised.

Depending on how many years he was breaking his promise to donate his salary, Abraham owes the Veterans Independence Fund and St. Jude’s Hospital anywhere between $348,000 and $696,000 according to calculations by Bayou Brief.

“Lyin’ Ralph Abraham became a Congressman based off his promise to donate ‘every penny’ of his congressional salary to charity, and last night he admitted he broke that promise,” said American Bridge spokesperson […]

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Ralph Abraham Misses Vote to Give Back Pay to Constituents Not Getting Paid During Shutdown

No-show Congressman Ralph Abraham missed a vote today on giving back pay to federal workers furloughed due to the government shutdown. Abraham, who has insisted he is not campaigning during the shutdown, missed the vote to attend yet another fundraiser for his campaign for Governor.

“Congressman Abraham clearly doesn’t give a damn about the thousands of Louisianans who aren’t getting paid because of this pointless shutdown,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Congressman Abraham just sent a message to every Louisiana resident not getting paid that he cares more about campaigning for higher office than helping them pay their bills and feed their families.”

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AUDIO: Listen to Ralph Abraham Lie About Campaigning During Shutdown

Abraham, who continues to attend fundraisers during the government shutdown, tells a radio host he is too busy doing his job as a Congressman to campaign during the shutdown

Well, here’s a lie that would make even Pinocchio blush. Congressman Ralph Abraham was recently asked on talk radio if the government shutdown allowed him more time to campaign for Louisiana Governor. Abraham responded, “No not at all. I understand my job as a Congressman is to represent the people of the 5th district of Louisiana.”

That would be a good answer for the Congressman, if it wasn’t a bald-faced lie. The truth is, Congressman Abraham has been campaigning nonstop since the shutdown began. He held a high-dollar fundraiser last week, and has another one scheduled for this week.

“Congressman Abraham is clearly following the Bobby Jindal playbook of focusing on his political career […]

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American Bridge Calls on Ralph Abraham to Donate Fundraiser Proceeds to Louisianans Hurt by Shutdown

As the federal government shutdown approaches the end of week 2, Louisiana families are beginning to feel the economic consequences.

For example, due to the shutdown:

 6,000 Louisianans working for federal agencies are currently going without pay.

 

 40,000 Louisiana residents could lose their flood insurance.

But while Louisiana families face the harmful consequences of not knowing when they’ll get their next paycheck or if their flood insurance will be renewed, as usual, Congressman Ralph Abraham is only focused on one person: himself.

During the first week of the shutdown, Congressman Abraham held a high-dollar fundraiser for his floundering campaign for Louisiana Governor. That’s right. While Louisiana families faced the uncertainty over the holidays of not knowing when their next paycheck would come, Congressman Abraham was hobnobbing with wealthy campaign donors and collecting campaign contributions for himself.

“Congressman Abraham should be concerned with getting his constituents their paychecks, not collecting […]

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Congressman Ralph Abraham: Ever Heard of Him?

Washington Republicans’ 4th Choice to Run for Louisiana Governor voted to take away health care for Louisianans with pre-existing conditions

Steve Scalise “rejects run for Governor”

John Kennedy “won’t run for Governor of Louisiana”

 Jeff Landry “won’t run for Governor”

John Kennedy says Abraham can’t win

 

Steve Scalise John Kennedy Jeff Landry Congressman Ralph Abraham announced his campaign for Louisiana Governor today. We know what you’re thinking, “Ralph who?”

Well, to start, Abraham’s fellow Republican, Senator John Kennedy, spent the last few weeks telling every reporter who would listen that Abraham can’t beat Governor John Bel Edwards. And for once, Senator Soundbite is making sense: Congressman Abraham can’t win. Here’s are some of the many reasons why.

Last year, Congressman Abraham voted to take away health care for Louisianans with pre-existing conditions. Had […]

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