by Jenn Carter
Seems like the freshman socialist Democrats just keep getting into trouble.
First it was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who allegedly laundered money to her boyfriend through a process that likely violated campaign finance laws and has had an FEC complaint filed against her.
Now, it’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib, she who shouted “Impeach the mother**ker” about President Donald Trump to an audience at a political event shortly after she was sworn into her office.
This week, Tlaib also made a racist remark, calling black HUD official Lynn Patton a “prop” for sitting behind Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) during the Cohen hearing. Patton called her out for being racist.
Well now Tlaib is in hot water over not one, but two alleged major campaign finance violations, with Federal investigations under way.
From Daily Caller:
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib reportedly paid herself $17,500 from her election campaign funds — after she won her midterm election in November 2018.
That appears to be a blatant violation of campaign finance rules, the Washington Free Beacon reported Friday. In total, campaign records reveal that the congresswoman paid herself a salary of $45,000 before and after the election.
FEC rules state that campaign funds can no longer be transferred to a candidate once that person ceases to be a candidate.
“If the candidate loses the primary, withdraws from the race, or otherwise ceases to be a candidate, no salary payments may be paid beyond the date he or she is no longer a candidate,” the rules state.
And Tlaib was also reportedly hiding a huge amount of money she received from George Soros.
From Free Beacon:
Tlaib also reported a $68,307 salary for a “Leadership in Government Fellowship” in 2017 but did not disclose the name of the organization who provided the funding for the fellowship, as required by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics.
Turns out it was Soros’ ownOpen Society Foundation.
Interestingly, OSF’s reported records show that they paid her $85,307 for her fellowship.
A spokesperson for the foundation said that they had suspended her payment for her fellowship when she announced she was running for Congress, but it’s not clear why the records then reflect a difference.
Kendra Arnold, the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a government watchdog group, said that the payment was “very problematic” given that candidates are required to disclose the source of their income.
“Identify the source by naming the organization, corporation, or other entity making the payment. It is not necessary that individual clients of a business be named, only the business itself,” the manual states. Tlaib did not report that it came from Soros’s Open Society Foundation.
And that payment was not a one time connection to Soros.
According to the Free Beacon, Tlaib ultimately collected a staggering $225,180 from Soros’s organization in just two years, 2016 and 2017, per the group’s tax forms.
The Free Beacon reports that Federal charges may be forthcoming over both apparently illegal actions by Tlaib.
Tlaib is, of course, no stranger to controversy. In her first few months in office, she’s courted disaster several times, even, at one point, using an anti-Semitic trope — accusing her Congressional colleagues of exhibiting “dual loyalties” to both the United States and Israel — to attack them over their lack of support for the anti-Semitic “boycott, divest, sanction” movement.