75% of “The Squad” Being Investigated for Illegal Campaign Finance Abuses – Bongino
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ilhan Omar. Rashida Tlaib. Ayanna Pressley. The Squad, as they are known. Four young congresswomen who have been a thorn in Nancy Pelosi’s side since day one. Three have been in, or are currently under investigation for illegal finance abuses. One is not…yet.
Many see these four women as the new stars of the Democrat party. Many others see them as a danger that will destroy it.
So what is the deal?
We have written extensively on Ocasio-Cortez, AOC as she has become known. She immediately hit the ground running with her ‘Green New Deal, proposing to eliminate air travel and cows. She declared, as they did in the late 80s, that we have 12 years before man-made climate change causes catastrophe. Her pull to the far left cause Nancy Pelosi headaches, and some even called herself, ‘The Boss’ at one point.
Within weeks of taking office, AOC was embroiled in scandal. In a drama that played out on Twitter, it looked like she hired her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, as a staffer on the taxpayer dime and broke ethics rules. In the process, it was discovered that she was funneling money paid to the PAC owned by her campaign manager and COS Saikat Chakrabarti back to Roberts and by extension to AOC. Money laundering.
Bongino.com points out that in March, the National Legal and Policy Center filed a FEC complaint against AOC. It states that she and her former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti violated campaign finance laws by funneling nearly $1 million to businesses owned by Chakrabarti.
Bongino also reports on Omar and Tliab:
Back in June, Ilhan Omar was ordered to reimburse her campaign $3,500 after an investigation from the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she illegally used campaign funds in 2016 and 2017. She was also find $500. The violating payments included reimbursements for personal travel expenses, in addition to hiring a law firm for services related to an inquiry into her personal tax returns.
Soon-after she was hit with an FEC complaint in late August for allegedly using her campaign to illegally reimburse the travel expenses of political consultant Tim Mynett, who she is alleged to have had an affair with in divorce papers submitted by Mynett’s wife. The complaint was filed one day after those papers were submitted. Omar’s campaign has paid Mynett’s firm “E. Street Group, LLC” nearly $230,000 for various services since the beginning of 2018, and travel expenses. Most of the payments were after election day. Travel expenses totaled over $21,000 and were not itemized, which is required.
The most recent to find themselves under investigation is Rashida Tlaib. According to the House Ethics Committee, “Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. 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.”
At the center of the complaint is the allegation that Tlaib potentially converted campaign funds to personal funds by paying herself a salary during a disallowed period (after November 6th, 2018). The payments were a $2,000 payment on November 16th and $15,500 payment on December 1st. Tlaib’s campaign had authorized a bi-weekly salary of $2,000 for her, so the $15,500 payment is extremely unusual.
Amazing that all of this is basically ignored by the press. But you know…Russia, Russia, Russia….
So how in the hell does a dopey 20-something become a new member of Congress? The video below explains it all, along with the other 2 Freshman Congress-girls making the rounds.