The three most famous members of The Squad, which consists of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar along with Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, are facing major issues.
The three, Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Omar, are accused of dirty dealings with monies allocated for their campaign and now they have to face the music, The Daily Caller reported.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez could face “jail time” over her affiliation with a PAC, it said.
Ocasio-Cortez’s political rise in 2018 was made possible in large part to Justice Democrats PAC, an outside political action committee that recruited her to enter politics in 2017 and provided much of her campaign’s staffing and overhead needs in the lead-up to her June 2018 primary victory over former Rep. Joe Crowley.
Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with Justice Democrats became the subject of intense scrutiny in 2019, resulting in two complaints submitted to the FEC.
One complaint, submitted in April, centered on Ocasio-Cortez’s control over Justice Democrats while the PAC was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez and her former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti were appointed to hold two of the PAC’s three board seats in December 2017, but the Federal Election Commission was never notified of the affiliation between her campaign and Justice Democrats.
“At minimum, there’s a lot of smoke there, and if there are really only three board members and she and [Chakrabarti] are two of them, sure looks like you can see the blaze,” former FEC Chairman Brad Smith said.
“If this were determined to be knowing and willful, they could be facing jail time,” the former chairman said. “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.”
“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,” Former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky said.
As for Rep. Omar, she is accused of diverting campaign funds to her married boyfriend who she had an affair with during her marriage, The Caller reported.
Omar’s alleged abuse of campaign funds began long before her congressional campaign in 2018.
Minnesota’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ordered Omar in June to repay her state campaign $3,500 it had improperly spent for non-campaign purposes in 2016 and 2017 during her tenure as a state legislator. Omar was also required to pay a $500 civil penalty for using campaign funds to travel to a non-campaign related conference in Florida.
Reports surfaced in August that Omar was having an affair with married Democratic consultant Tim Mynett, according to a divorce filing by his wife, Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett.
FEC records revealed that Omar’s campaign had disbursed tens of thousands of dollars in “travel expenses” to Tim Mynett’s company, E. Street Group, LLC.
Omar’s campaign began making travel payments to Tim Mynett’s company on April 1, about a week before his wife alleged in her divorce filing that he admitted to having an affair with the congresswoman.
But it gets worse for The Squad, which would be a good name for a supervillain gang of thieves ina superhero movie.
The House has recommended a subpoena over payments Rep. Tlaib took from her campaign for her own pocket, The Caller reported.
“Tlaib had received over $17,500 from her campaign after her election victory in November 2018 in an apparent violation of House rules. ,” it 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,” the Office of Congressional Ethics said.
Lie, cheat and steal. The Democrat way.