Squad Member Hit by Major Investigation – Cori Bush Accused of “Big Money” Violation
By Ben Dutka|March 15, 2023
Squad Member Hit by Major Investigation – Cori Bush Accused of “Big Money” Violation

Americans are becoming increasingly concerned with a recent phenomenon: politicians getting rich in very short spans of time.

Now we’re hearing numerous reports of ethics complaints and violations, as some of America’s highest-ranking elected officials are under scrutiny for lining their pockets — and the pockets of friends and family.

And for the second time, one of the “Squad” is accused of a major violation.

Missouri Democrat Cori Bush is no stranger to Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaints, as she has been under fire before. She now faces a second FEC complaint, and with big money behind it.

It comes from the Committee to Defeat the President, a super PAC that stands up to President Joe Biden.

This complaint says Bush paid her new husband, Cortney Merritts, $60,000 for security last year. Except there’s one problem: Merritts doesn’t have any license to do this in the congresswoman’s district.

Said committee chairman Ted Harvey (via Fox News):

If federal officials are willing to take a hard look at ‘AOC,’ they shouldn’t be giving a free pass to other corrupt Squad members.

In addition to breaking the law to bankroll her now-husband, Cori Bush has repeatedly misled constituents, claiming to be a voice for the voiceless despite primarily focusing on enriching herself and her family.

Harvey added that “Bush’s utter disregard for the law cannot be allowed stand,” and the committee will continue to take action against her.

In this case, Merritts collected the security checks without having any private security license in the city of St. Louis or St. Louis County. And the law says a license is required to perform security services.

If accurate, this would mean that Rep. Bush is guilty of using campaign funds for personal use, an unfortunately common accusation in the world of politics.

And again, this is the second complaint against the Democrat for the same reason. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) first filed a complaint back in March.

Said FACT executive director Kendra Arnold:

Any time a member of Congress puts someone with a close personal relationship on the campaign payroll, increased scrutiny is necessary to ensure the legal standard has been met, which, in this case, are that the payments were for ‘bona fide services at a fair market value.’

Both the fact that reportedly Bush’s husband isn’t licensed to provide security services for which he was paid, and that she was simultaneously paying large amounts to another company for the same services raise red flags that warrant an investigation by the FEC.

From Nancy Pelosi and her husband to multiple D.C. politicos accused of getting rich thanks to their position, U.S. citizens are asking more questions.

How many times have we heard of an elected official allegedly taking campaign funds and using them to better the lives of their family? How much money has been misused in this manner in recent years?

If America is going to regain any trust in politicians on either side, there needs to be more investigation and more accountability here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Democrat Rep. Cori Bush has been hit with a second FEC complaint.
  • She’s again being accused of using campaign funds for personal use. In this case, paying her husband for “security” when he doesn’t have a license.
  • Committee to Defeat the President chairman Ted Harvey said her “utter disregard for the law cannot be allowed to stand.”

Source: Fox News

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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