Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who has made a mark quickly, had one some shady stuff in her journey to get to where she is.
Like many in the Democrat Party, her journey started when she worked for George Soros, the billionaire Democrat donor.
Through 2016 – 2017 Tlaib received near a quarter million dollars from the Soro’s group named The Open Society Foundation, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
And it appears that Tlaib did not report all of the income, and attempted to conceal the source of it, in her financial disclosure forms.
The Washington Free Beacon reached out to George Soros’s spokesperson in December and were provided copies of tax forms for all entities that are run by the liberal billionaire and make up his Open Society network.
On page 97 of the 321-page tax form for the Open Society Institute, the legal name for the Open Society Foundation, an expenditure of $85,307 is shown to Tlaib for a “leadership in government fellowship,” the Free Beacon reported.
The amount that Soros’s group reported paying out to Tlaib on its tax forms, $85,307, differs from the amount Tlaib reported on her financial disclosure—$68,307—for her leadership in government fellowship.
“Rashida Tlaib was awarded a Leadership in Government fellowship from the Open Society Foundations in the fall of 2016,” Jonathan Kaplan, Soros’s spokesperson, told the Free Beacon at the time. “Her project: to focus on increasing the civic participation of disenfranchised urban communities of color. When Ms. Tlaib informed us that she was planning to run for Congress, we mutually agreed to suspend her fellowship and no further payments were made.”
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Kendra Arnold, the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a government watchdog group, said that the payment was “problematic” given that candidates are required to disclose the source of their income.
“Identify the source by naming the organization, corporation, or other entity making the payment. It is not necessary that individual clients of a business be named, only the business itself,” the manual states. Tlaib did not report that it came from Soros’s Open Society Foundation.
Tlaib ultimately collected $225,180 from Soros’s organization throughout 2016 and 2017, according to the group’s tax forms.
And there is more to the story. Tlaib reportedly paid herself $45,500 in campaign funds as she ran for Congress.
She started paying herself from her committee Rashida Tlaib for Congress on May 7 2017 in payments that averaged $4,000 per month.
She paid herself a total of $28,000 until Election day as is allowed by the rules of the Federal Eelctions Commission.
The FEC states that candidate is allowed to pay themselves as they have to live as they campaign.
“If the candidate wins the primary election, his or her principal campaign committee may pay him or her a salary from campaign funds through the date of the general election, up to and including the date of any general election runoff,” it says/
“If the candidate loses the primary, withdraws from the race, or otherwise ceases to be a candidate, no salary payments may be paid beyond the date he or she is no longer a candidate,” it reads.
And that is why what she did next is interesting.
After the campaign, when candidates are no longer supposed to pay themselves, she cut herself a check for $2,000 on Nov. 16.
She then got more brazen and gave herself another $15,500 on Dec. 1, near a month after the election.
“On its face, it looks like the $2,000 payment on November 16 might be for the candidate’s salary for the first two weeks of November,” a government ethics and election law expert told The Beacon.
“But given that the election occurred on November 6—i.e., part-way through the first November pay period—I am surprised that this last payment wasn’t prorated. In other words, Tlaib stopped being a candidate halfway through this period, but it appears that she kept collecting her full salary as if she was still a candidate throughout the full first two weeks of November,” they said.
“The $15,500 payment is interesting. It’s not 100% clear what she’s doing, but what she may have done is to low ball her earlier payments for political purposes (at $2k), knowing full well that she would make up any difference at the end by giving herself a lump sum payment,” the attorney said.
“That would let her skirt negative publicity, of the sort that Alan Keyes generated when he paid himself a sizable salary. An after-the-fact, lump sum payment cuts against the purpose of the rule, which is to help the candidate pay for daily living expenses while campaigning,” they said.
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