The infamous “Squad” continues with its trend of questionable campaign violations as we have now learned that a key member, Rashida Tlaib, is in hot water after it was discovered that she desperately sought to move funds from her congressional campaign to cover personal expenses.
The House Ethics Committee released a concerning amount of damming internal campaign communications from 2018 by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Thursday and a government watchdog said she possibly violated federal law in the process.
Texts and emails released by the Ethics Committee show Tlaib frantically contacting members of her staff for financial help.
In one April 2018 email offered as an exhibit by OCE, Tlaib wrote that she was “struggling financially right now” and was “sinking.”
She continued: “So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money, but Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me. I was thinking a one time payment of $5k.”
In another email, on April 4, 2018, Tlaib wrote: “I am just not going to make it through the campaign without a stipend.”
“With the loss of a second income to lean back on, I am requesting $2,000 per two weeks but not exceeding $12,000. The cost of living stipend is going towards much needed expenses due to campaigning that includes car maintenance, child care and other necessities. Please let me know if I can proceed.”
Tlaib can’t even seem to get her story straight, considering another text message to her future chief of staff in August of 2018 saw Tlaib say she wanted the money to improve her financial standing at a rather peculiar time of 6:38 AM. “Sorry for the early text but do you think the campaign can still pay me a stipend until the general. Trying to get out of debt.”
“I think we definitely afford to do so. But we need to really clearly define your time and space,” Anderson responded, noting that the arrangement could arouse “concern” among the media.
The document dump was related to the committee’s ongoing ethics probe into Tlaib, which the panel said on Thursday would be “expanded” based on a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
The OCE also attached scans of checks made out to Tlaib from her campaign, totaling thousands of dollars.
Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, allegedly “reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes,” according to a release from OCE.
If Tlaib “converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law,” the OCE continued.
“The Board recommends that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Rep. Tlaib because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes,” it said.
Tlaib has been particularly vocal of her support for the impeachment of Donald Trump who has done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Tlaib boasted that Democrats would “impeach the motherf—er,” referring to the president.
If Tlaib feels this way about the innocent President, how does she feel about herself after having committed what amounts to campaign finance fraud?