CollinRugg |October 1, 2019
Radical Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib is currently being probed by The House Ethics Committee for payments she made to herself after she won her election in 2018.
Candidates are allowed to make a salary from their campaigns until election day, however Tlaib paid herself tens of thousands of dollars after the election in November.
“The Federal Election Commission states that salary payments may continue ‘until the date of the general election,’” Politico reported.
Tlaib’s office has responded to the reports however they claim she has done nothing wrong, noting she has “fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times.”
“Representative Tlaib has cooperated completely with the Committee to resolve the referral, which involves the same claims over her publicly disclosed salary during the campaign that conservative groups pressed back in March,” Tlaib spokesperson Denzel McCampbell said.
“On its face, it looks like the $2,000 payment on November 16 might be for the candidate’s salary for the first two weeks of November,” a law and government ethics lawyer said to the Washington Free Beacon back in March. The lawyer then noted that “Tlaib stopped being a candidate halfway through this period, but it appears that she kept collecting her full salary as if she was still a candidate throughout the full first two weeks of November.”
The more concerning payment is the $15,500 one she made to herself considering this is much more than Tlaib typically paid herself for the month.
“The $15,500 payment is interesting. It’s not 100% clear what she’s doing, but what she may have done is to low ball her earlier payments for political purposes (at $2k), knowing full well that she would make up any difference at the end by giving herself a lump sum payment,” the lawyer added. “That would let her skirt negative publicity, of the sort that Alan Keyes generated when he paid himself a sizable salary. An after-the-fact, lump sum payment cuts against the purpose of the rule, which is to help the candidate pay for daily living expenses while campaigning.”
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According to an FEC spokesperson, “a candidate can pay themselves after the general election only for activity that occurred up to the day of the election,” the report said.
The ethics panel “recommended further scrutiny” into the possible misuse of funds, reported Politico, adding that the House Ethics Committee “now faces a 45-day deadline to announce whether to go ahead with a full investigation, or once again extend the review period and release the OCE report.”
Tlaib has been one of the most vocal anti-Trump leaders in the House, vowing on the day she was elected to “impeach the motherf***er.”