The Agenda Project Action Fund launched a public demand campaign calling for a House Ethics Committee investigation into House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the Benghazi committee.

The Agenda Project Action Fund also launched a petition calling for the investigation, and it is gaining some traction online. You can sign the petition here.

What’s more, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has filed an ethics complaint against McCarthy and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the Benghazi committee. Grayson said that political nature of the Benghazi committee is the “new McCarthyism.”

“This represents the new McCarthyism — the misuse of [official] funds for political purposes to vilify a political opponent,” said Grayson.

Grayson sent a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics about McCarthy’s comment that admitted the true nature of the Benghazi committee:

Congressman Gowdy evidently has dragged out the work of the Committee so that it would coincide with the Democratic Presidential Primary race. In the meantime, the Committee under Gowdy’s leadership has subpoenaed State Department employees and others close to former Secretary Clinton, in an apparent effort to generate anti-Clinton information and disinformation.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced