Rashida Tlaib Faces Ethics Review After Complaint About Campaign Salary

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

The House Ethics Committee announced that they would be reviewing a complaint regarding freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) taking a salary from her 2018 campaign before entering Congress.

The panel’s two top lawmakers — Chairman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Ranking Member Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) — released a joint statement announcing the investigation but maintained that the probe “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

“The Committee will announce its course of action in this matter on or before Thursday, November 14, 2019,” the statement said.

The announcement marks the first time that the committee has made it public that Tlaib is being reviewed.

Denzel McCampbell, the spokesperson for Tlaib, wrote in a statement to Politico that the Michigan Democrat “has cooperated completely with the committee” regarding the matter and confirmed that the probe had to do with claims about her salary during the 2018 midterm elections.

“Representative Tlaib has cooperated completely with the Committee to resolve the referral, which involves the same claims over her publicly disclosed salary during the campaign that conservative groups pressed back in March,” wrote McCampbell.

As IJR previously reported, reports revealed in March that Tlaib had paid herself a total of $17,500 salary after the 2018 general elections were called in November, according to Federal Election Committee (FEC) filings.

Candidates are allowed to pay themselves a salary during the race but are not permitted to after the date of the general election. The 2018 midterm elections ended on November 6, 2018.

The FEC documents showed that Tlaib had paid herself twice after the election was called.

The first payment of $2,000 was made on November 16 and the second payment of $15,500 on December 1.

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Linda K
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She comes into Congress and starts making up her own rules. She needs to learn that you don’t dip into your election money whenever you want. Big mouth needs to be shut down. Put her in her place.

william jackson
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skany ugly hag

Tom Bodine
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Criminality and no class aside that is one butt ugly excuse for a human being 🤢

Sherri
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She’ll get off. The Dems always do.

John
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John

A Democrat doing something unethical!! Surely you jest!!

cayjr
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cayjr

It appears she illegally spent campaign funds. A campaign ethics and finance violation. She broke the law twice. Say, isn’t PresidentTrump being impeached for a supposed campaign ethics violation?

Betsy Lawson
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I tried to post something against the Squad…blocked my email.

John
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John

Everyone of the Squad has committed crimes while in office. Didn’t they read the handbook on how to get away with this stuff?

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