What is it with these new Muslim congresswomen and their inability to understand that their campaign funds aren’t for their own personal business? First, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was investigated for improperly taking funds out of her campaign for personal use. And now, only a few months later, her buddy from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, is under investigation for the same thing. On Thursday, the Office of Congressional Ethics announced that they were looking into allegations that Tlaib sent her campaign messages asking for a personal handout. But if this turns out to be true, it is more than a simple ethics violation – it’s a crime.
According to the complaint the OCE received, Tlaib’s congressional campaign committee reported expenses that don’t quite add up.
“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,” read the complaint. “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 OCE has check stubs from the campaign to Tlaib, totaling a sum in excess of thousands of dollars. They also have multiple emails that Tlaib sent to the campaign committee, practically begging for funds.
“I am struggling financially right now. … I am sinking,” Tlaib wrote in April 2018. “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 later that month, she 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.”
Right. So, not only is this woman a pathetic anti-Semite (like her fellow Muslim, Omar), but she is also corrupt. Way to go, Michigan and Minnesota. You really did us proud this time around.