Freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) may be in a bit of trouble after Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that the congresswoman used campaign funds to pay herself a total $17,500 in salary after the 2018 midterm election was called, the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.
According to the filings, Tlaib paid herself a total of $17,500 in two separate instances using campaign funds after the campaign had concluded. The first payment of $2,000 came on November 16 — over a full week after the election had been called — and the second payment of $15,500 occurred on December 1, nearly a full month after the general election.
The FEC states that candidates can receive a salary up “until the date when the candidate is no longer considered a candidate for office or until the date of the general election or general election runoff.” The 2018 midterm general elections in which Tlaib won her seat happened on November 6, ten days before the initial payment.
“Salary payments may continue until the date when the candidate is no longer considered a candidate for office or until the date of the general election or general election runoff. For special elections, payments may continue from the date that the special election is set until the date of the special election.”
An FEC spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that candidates may only pay themselves after the election for activities that occurred up to election day.
Tlaib made headlines recently after Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) claimed she had accused him of being a racist by bringing Trump administration staffer Lynne Patton as a “prop” during Michael Cohen’s contentious House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.
At the time, he said it was “racist to suggest that [he] ask [Patton] to come in here for that reason.” Tlaib and Meadows were seen hugging it out on the House floor the day after the hearing.