Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are currently facing allegations for violating campaign finance laws as well as House ethics rules in favor of their personal or political interests—just 10 months since they were elected.
The three controversial Democratic congresswomen, all members of “the squad,” are being bombarded with Federal Election Committee (FEC) complaints and House ethics inquiries despite vowing to fulfill their goals of making America a better place.
Ocasio-Cortez and her Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti are under suspicion for gaining majority control of the Justice Democrats PAC toward the end of 2017, the Daily Caller reports.
Former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky pointed out that AOC and Chakrabarti could be in deep water if they are found violating campaign finance legislation on multiple grounds.
“If the facts as alleged are true, and a candidate had control over a PAC that was working to get that candidate elected, then that candidate is potentially in very big trouble and may have engaged in multiple violations of federal campaign finance law, including receiving excessive contributions,” von Spakovsky added.
“It appears Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her associates ran an off-the-books operation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, thus violating the foundation of all campaign finance laws: transparency,” National Legal and Policy Center Director Tom Anderson, who filed the complaint, said on March 4.
If the two are found guilty of having control of the PAC, which gained them in excess of $1.8 million before the June Primary vote, they could face punishment for “massive reporting violations, probably at least some illegal contribution violations exceeding the lawful limits,” former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith said.
Whereas, Omar reportedly paid 146,712.63 to her lover, Tim Mynett’s E Street Group in the name of “digital advertising, fundraising consulting video production,” after the New York Post revealed the pair were in a romantic relationship in August, despite both individuals being married at the time.
A Nov. 17 report by the New York Post showed that Omar paid a combined total of $370,000 to E Street Group after allegations of her affair with Mynett surfaced.
Anderson, a member of the National Legal and Policy Center, said that the evidence at hand shows that Omar is probably re-violating campaign laws.
“We believe Representative Ilhan Omar may have touched the third rail of campaign finance law: disbursing campaign funds for personal use. It’s a brazen act Representative Omar was caught doing before in Minnesota and all of the evidence we’ve seen tells us she’s probably doing it again,” Anderson said to the Daily Caller.
Tlaib has allegedly pocketed the generous amount of $17,500 from her own campaign funds after her election in 2018, FEC filings have revealed.
Congressional candidates are not allowed to withdraw funds from their campaign to pay themselves after they are elected.
The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board voted unanimously in November for a recommendation to the House Ethics Committee to probe into whether Tlaib wrongfully absorbed campaign funds for her personal use, BizPacReview reported.
“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,” the five members of OCE said.