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Rashid Tlaib's Finances are under intense security from house Ethics Committee.

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The House Ethics Committee reportedly released a number of documents on Thursday connected to their campaign finance probe of Rep. Rashida Tlaib. These documents reveal the extent of the lawmaker’s financial concerns leading up to her 2018 Election Day win.
The committee said the investigation, which was opened in August, into whether the Michigan congresswoman misused campaign funds for personal use will also be “expanded” at the request of the Office of Congressional Ethics. This report comes from Fox News.
Tlaib explained in an April 2018 email to her campaign how she was “struggling financially right now.”
“So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money, but Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me. I was thinking a one time payment of $5k,” she wrote in the email. This information was released by OCE and obtained by the Fox Network.
In another April email, Tlaib wrote, “I am just not going to make it through the campaign without a stipend.”
Tlaib asked for a “cost of living stipend” of $2,000 every two weeks, not to exceed $12,000 to cover “needed expenses due to campaigning that includes car maintenance, child care and other necessities.”
“Please let me know if I can proceed,” she asked.
Four months later, in a text to her eventual chief of staff, Ryan Anderson, Tlaib asked, “do you think the campaign can still pay me a stipend until the general. Trying to get out of debt.”
Anderson replied: “I think we definitely afford to do so. But we need to really clearly define your time and space.”
The Office of Congressional Ethics, in a press release that recommended the committee probe Tlaib, said her campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, “reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.”
The same release said that Tlaib may have violated federal law if the lawmaker “converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.”

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Tlaib’s legal team denied she violated any laws. They argued their client abided by Federal Election Commission regulations that permit campaigns to “pay limited salary to candidates who curtail outside employment to focus on their campaigns.”

 

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