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Rand Paul Campaign Video Appears to Violate Senate Rules (Video)

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Sen. Rand Paul has lauded his fight against a Patriot Act extension in his presidential campaign, but one campaign video appears to violate Senate rules.  

Senate rules state, “The use of any tape duplication of radio or television coverage of the proceedings of the Senate for political campaign purposes is strictly prohibited.” But a video posted by the Kentucky Republican’s campaign Friday appears to violate that rule.  

The video, titled “Rand Paul: Filibuster for the Fourth Amendment” lasts one minute and 19 seconds and has garnered nearly 1,000 views. It uses video footage and audio from his May 20 marathon speech on the Senate floor.  The video utilizes roughly 20 seconds of video footage of Paul on the floor, and the audio of his speech is then used as b-roll footage of people on the phone and utilizing computers rolls. The audio is also heard as the video shows photos of “Stand with Rand” supporters posing with C-SPAN 2 on in the background as Paul gave his speech.  

Paul’s campaign declined to comment on the video. A spokesperson from the Senate Rules Committee also did not return a request for comment.  

There is no codified enforcement for the Senate rule, but if there is a violation, the Rules Committee will often make an informal request for the campaign to address it. If the senator refuses to address the violation, the party in charge of the Rules Committee determines the next step.  

Paul’s campaign launch video also raised questions about the video-footage rule, and exposed a potential gray area when the video used footage of a Fox News package that showed Paul on the Senate floor. Senate Rules Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., told CQ Roll Call at the time that the campaign launch video appeared to be within the rule.  

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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