Far left Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are accused of having misappropriated their campaign funding, putting their political careers at risk. The three democrats belong a group of up-and-coming female members of congress who call themselves “Squad.” The group tries to pull the Democrats even more the far left.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is facing scrutiny after she and her former campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, had majority control of the Justice Democrats PAC. The Democrat organisation raised about $2 million for Cortez, right in time for her June 2018 primary victory.
Former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith told the DCNF that the setup, if purposefully concealed, could mean jail time for Cortez and her accomplice Chakrabarti.
Omar’s camp already responded to earlier allegations that she paid hundreds of thousands to her alleged lover’s political consulting group by dismissing them as a “political ploy.”
Eight disbursements from Omar’s campaign to the E Street Group for “travel expenses,” totaling $21,546.94, were not itemized. The NLPC said that FEC rules, require that such travel expenses list the individual benefitting from the arrangement. It also requires that the date and purpose of the payment are listed. NLPC said that Omar’s team instead only listed E Street as the payee and contained no details at all on the trips.
Omar already had to return funds to her campaign committee, earlier this year. A decision by Minnesota campaign finance officials made clear that she repeatedly violated state rules. She did this by using campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel as well as help on her tax returns.
Earlier this month the Committee on Ethics said at the beginning of November that it might resort to issuing subpoenas to Rashida Tlaib and three of her associates.
The Office of Congressional Ethics stated: “If Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.”
Peter Flaherty of National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint against Omar in August and amended it in October with additional payment records.
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