A recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing shows Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) paid herself $17,500 in campaign funds after the 2018 midterm elections ended.
FEC rules state general election candidates are only allowed to take a salary from their campaign funds until the date of the election:
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.
Tlaib’s FEC filings show she withdrew from her campaign contributions not once, but twice after the election; she paid herself $2,000 on November 16, 2018 and $15,500 on December 1, 2018.
These post-election payments most definitely violated FEC statutes and are raising some eyebrows.
The freshman Democratic representative from Michigan recently made headlines after she accused House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Member Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) of being racist for using a black woman on his staff as a “prop.”
Tlaib stated the following:
“Just to make a note, Mr. Chairman, just because someone has a person of color, a black [person] working for them, does not mean they aren’t racist. And it is even insensitive – some would even say the fact that someone would even use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”
Watch the interaction below:
WOW — @RashidaTlaib accuses Mark Meadows of racism for using a black Trump administration official as a prop earlier during the hearing. Meadows interrupts her to “ask that her words be taken down.” pic.twitter.com/DK6rjmCNw8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2019
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