House Ethics Committee report says there is “substantial reason” to believe Rep. Tlaib misused campaign funds

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 15th, 2019 10:23 am
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Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 3:38 pm

The U.S House of Representatives Committee on Ethics has released a report on an investigation into Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) concerning a salary she drew while running for office, possibly violating Federal Election Commission regulations.

“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,” said a report from the committee.

The report also says there is “substantial reason” to believe the representative’s campaign misused funds.

The campaign paid Tlaib $45,500 between May 7, 2018 and December 1, 2018, according to the report. Tlaib claims that she complied with FEC regulations that allow non-incumbent candidates to draw a salary from their campaign so they can campaign full-time.

“This rule was created so that people of average means, who can’t afford to forego income, can run for office without that barrier,” Tlaib’s campaign said in a statement. “It is our duty to ensure that Congress becomes a place that is made for people like me and everyday people who want to have a seat at the decision-making table.”

Read the full report from the ethics committee below:


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