By Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Democrat freshman Rashida Tlaib from Detroit, Michigan could be facing serious charges from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for campaign violations.
The radical leftists’ campaign appears to have broken the rules after making salary payments to Tlaib after Election Day last year.
In fact, she paid herself $17,500 after Election Day which is a big problem.
Tlaib’s campaign began paying her a salary of about $4,000 every month since May 2018 up until the general election Nov. 6 – a perfectly legal practice if the campaign chose to do so, Fox News reports. But according to the filings, as first spotted by the Washington Free Beacon, Tlaib also paid herself $2,000 on Nov. 16 and a whopping $15,500 on Dec. 1 – weeks after the election was over, in an apparent violation of FEC statutes.
The FEC rules state that a general election candidate is allowed to dip into campaign coffers to give himself or herself a salary only up to the election date. The candidate can no longer draw a salary after the election date, or because of other reasons that ended the campaign.
“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,” the rules state.
An FEC spokesperson told the Washinton Free Beacon that candidates are allowed to make payments to themselves after the election — but only for activities that happened during the election period.
An election law and government ethics lawyer also told the outlet that Tlaib may have deflated her monthly payments during the campaign for political purposes while “knowing full well that she would make up any difference at the end by giving herself a lump sum payment.”
“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,” the lawyer added.
Well, it certainly looks like she has a big problem on her hands.
Let’s hope justice is served.
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