Released emails by the House Committee on Ethics Investigation reveal a desperate Rashida Tlaib asking for campaign funds to be released to her for personal use.
The House Committee on Ethics Investigation released large batch of emails as part of its ongoing probe of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) into whether she misused campaign funds to personal purposes.
This past August, the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to open an investigation of Tlaib, saying: “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. 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.”
As part of its evidence uncovered during the investigation, the OCE has just released a tranche of documents that depict a financially strapped Tlaib discussing in 2018 with her campaign manager and other officials how her campaign could augment her Congressional salary.
Tlaib’s attorneys maintain that the Congresswoman did not break any campaign finance laws intentionally and cited FEC statutes that do allow campaign to “pay limited salary to candidates who curtail outside employment to focus on their campaigns.” They assert that Tlaib met the legal requirements to draw those payments.
In one email from April 2018, Tlaib complains to her campaign manager, Andy Goddeeris, and others that she is “struggling financially” and proposed a payment from the campaign as assistance to cover her personal expenses.
“I was thinking the campaign could loan me money,” she said. “But Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me. I was thinking a one time payment of 5k.”
David Asman and Jackie DeAngelis, financial services executive John Burnett, Fortune editor and writer Adam Lashinsky and Fox News contributor Gary B. Smith discuss Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) alleged misuse of campaign funds in 2018.
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