Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a member of AOC’s progressive ‘Squad’ was just ordered to reimburse her campaign $10,800 after she was busted for illegally receiving salary payments from campaign coffers after her election in 2018.
The Squad, made up of a coalition of young, far-left progressives, has been hit with a number of ethics complaints. Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled House is doing little to crack down on these abuses, though this ruling is a step in the right direction.
The House Ethics Committee released the decision just two days after Tlaib won her primary, and ruled that Tlaib had indeed violated Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules.
The Committee, however, also decided that Tlaib’s violation “was one of bad timing and not ill intent.”
The Hill reported:
The FEC allows non-incumbent candidates to pay themselves a salary from their campaign committees if they meet certain criteria. The salary is meant to help first-time candidates who aren’t independently wealthy afford running for office full-time.
But the FEC rules state that the salary payments can be made until the date of the general election or until a candidate is no longer running for office. The campaign salary cannot exceed the minimum annual salary for the federal office the candidate is seeking or the income the candidate received in the previous year.
Tlaib was caught paying herself $17,500 in total after her election in 2018 by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent watchdog.
Tlaib claimed that she needed to continue receiving a salary from her campaign because she “realized [that she] was going to have some issues paying [her] bills” after she was forced to reduce her day job hours in order to focus on her campaign.
The House Ethics Committee said that the matter will be considered resolved after Tlaib fully reimburses her campaign, which she will be allowed to do over the course of the next year.