Rashida Tlaib Under Scrutiny For Possible Campaign Finance Violations

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Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib could be in hot water for committing a serious Federal Elections Commission violation.

Tlaib legally paid herself $45,500 in campaign funds as she campaigned to become a congresswoman, Fox News reported.

But the payments could be an issue because candidates are only allowed to pay themselves until Election Day.

The congresswoman paid herself only $28,000 in salary until Election Day which is fine and within the guidelines.

The issue for her comes with the fact that she paid herself $17,500 after Election Day which appears to be a campaign finance violation.

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.

Should Tlaib be kicked out of Congress?

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 Washington Free 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.

It is an interesting quandary for a Democrat Party that wants to say that President Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws by paying Stormy Daniels with his own cash.

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