When the ‘Squad’ seemingly took over the House of Representatives in January of this, each member promised to make the world a more just and equitable place. However, only ten months later, we see evidence that not only have they failed to live up to this promise but have actually done everything to the contrary of it.
It has been called to our attention that no less than three of the four members of the freshman group, are currently under investigation by the Federal Election Commission, as well as have complaints filed by House ethics inquiries.
As the apparent leader of the Squad, we will address New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first.
AOC was brought into politics by Justice Democrats PAC, a political action committee that hand-selected her for Congress and provided her not only with the overhead to compete and take office but also the funding needed for the staffing of her campaign against former Representative Joe Crowley.
The fact that the PAC contributed to her success is entirely reasonable for one getting into politics. However, the fact that two separate complaints have been filed on her relationship with Justice Democrats prove something is right.
The first complaint was filed in March against her then-campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti. It alleged that Chakrabarti had diverted nearly $1 million from the PAC to an LLC under his control.
The National Legal and Policy Center Director Tom Anderson said, “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.”
But even more alarming is that the FEC found that of the three board seats for Justice Democrats, two of them were held by AOC and Chakrabarti. This means that while the PAC was supporting her campaign, she and her chief of staff were running the whole thing.
Former FEC Chairman Brand Smith said, “At minimum, there’s a lot of smoke there, and if there are really only three board members and she Chakrabarti are two of them, sure looks like you can see a blaze.” And he continued, “If this were determined to be knowing and willful, they could be facing jail time. Even if it’s not knowing and willful, it would be a clear civil violation of the act… I think they’ve got some real issues here.”
For Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, her wrongs appear to have started before her time in Congress, but as some would say she’s “doing it again.”
You’ve likely heard at her recent extramarital affair with Democratic consultant Tim Mynett. According to a divorce report filed by Mynett’s wife, “recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar.” However, worse than having an affair is documentation showing that Omar has been paying Mynett’s company with her campaign funds.
According to the FEC filing, nearly 30% of Omar’s campaign funding from July to September went to Mynett’s firm and were classified as “travel expenses,” around $370,000 in all.
Of course, she would have to pay her boyfriend to hang out with her.
The National Legal and Policy Center’s FEC complaint alleges that she “may have touched the third rail of campaign finance law: disbursing campaign fund for personal use. It’s a brazen act Representative Omar was caught doing before in Minnesota, and all the evidence we’ve seen tells us she’s probably doing it again.”
Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s complaint is similar. She, too, is being looked at for using campaign funds for personal matters.
In early November, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board voted unanimously that the House Ethics Committee continue its investigation into the Tlaib’s campaign finances.
House rules provide candidates to receive a salary from their campaign but only up to their election date. However, it appears that Tlaib continued paying herself with campaign funds after she was elected.
OCE said, “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.”
Naturally, all three women have said these allegations are nothing more than a “political ploy” from “fringe, Republican groups.”
What a joke! This is what these Democrats have to offer: corruption and lies.