If you’re a lobby-owned politician you probably aren’t very popular with the grassroots activists in your district. And, too bad for you, it’s grassroots activists who give campaigns their ground energy. This all means you probably have a pretty embarrassing energy deficit in your race right about now.
If your huge money advantage isn’t enough to overcome your opponent’s energy advantage, we have some advice for you.
File an ethics complaint. Anyone can do it, and since the Ethics Commission opening and reading your specious complaint qualifies as “investigating” it, you can claim your opponent is “under investigation” for the rest of your campaign, secure in the knowledge that your complaint is not likely to be answered before the election.
This is a good way to try to create a gray cloud over your opponent, but be careful not to tell lies in the complaint. By itself, the frivolous nature of your complaint isn't likely to get any attention after the complaint is rejected by the Ethics Commission. However, lying in the complaint provides grounds for a lawsuit, giving your opponent a vehicle to expose the fact that you have no problem wasting taxpayer money by tying up the Ethics Commission, and all to make up for your well-earned campaign energy deficit.