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  • Ethics Probe into Rashida Tlaib Extended after Watchdog Finds Evidence of Misuse of Campaign Funds

    The House Ethics Committee released texts and emails on Thursday that show Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) repeatedly asking for campaign for funds to defray personal costs.The committee’s announcement comes after the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics unanimously voted in August to refer Tlaib for a potential violation of federal law.Tlaib was paid over $45,000 by her campaign between May and December 2018. While FEC regulations permit a campaign to pay a candidate, it must be for “work performed up through the date of the general election.” Checks, emails, and spreadsheets show that Tlaib was paid $17,500 after the November 6, 2018, election. A November 29 email from the campaign’s treasurer to Tlaib says that checks are “for the time period through December 31, 2018.”Tlaib and her staff refused to interview with the OCE over the payments. The board concludes by recommending that the Ethics Committee subpoena Tlaib to get to the bottom of the matter.“Based on the foregoing information, the Board finds that there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes,” the board’s recommendation concludes.Over the months of her campaign, Tlaib asked multiple times for campaign funds because she was “struggling financially” and “trying to get out of debt.”“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 emailed her campaign in April 2018.“The Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics jointly decided on September 30, 2019, to extend the Committee’s review of the matter in order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review,” the Ethics Committee press release reads.Tlaib’s lawyers wrote to the Ethics Committee in August arguing that the matter should be dismissed and that “the investigation was unprecedented.”“In its findings OCE admits that the salary payments fell within the FEC limit, acknowledges that the timing of the final two payments did not in itself violate FEC rules, and disregards evidence of Representative Tlaib’s good faith compliance,” Tlaib’s letter reads.

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  • After Shooting At Her High School, Katie Hill Says We Have No Choice But To Flip The Senate

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 31: Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) answers questions from reporters at the U.S. Capitol following her final speech on the floor of the House of Representatives October 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill announced she is resigning from Congress in the midst of an ethics probe regarding allegations she engaged in a relationship with a staff member, and the release of intimate photographs. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Former California Rep. Katie Hill spoke out about Thursday’s shooting at her alma mater Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. In the large suburban public school, which is about 30 miles north of L.A., two teenagers were killed and three are injured being treated in area hospitals. A suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital. Hill, who resigned in late October amid accusations of relationships with subordinates, had said she plans to be more vocal and candid now that she’s not bound by the protocols of Congress. She particularly promised to speak out on so-called “revenge porn,” which she herself says she was a victim of in her scandal. Her first opportunity to speak candidly ended up being a shooting that hit very close to home. “Saugus High School was my home for my entire high school career,” Hill said in a statement provided to Refinery29. “So many of our campaign volunteers and interns are students there, so many parents who are friends and supporters have children who they drop off there each and every day. My parents’ friends are continuing to wait in a nearby park as we speak to be reunited with their kids. No child should go to school and fear for their life, and yet when talking to students on the campaign trail and as their Congressperson, the message they sent was loud and clear: They weren’t worried about if a shooting would happen at their school. They were simply waiting for when.”Hill, who still lives in the community, called CNN and MSNBC to describe the “powerlessness” she felt as a freshman member of Congress who helped pass the House background checks bill, the first major gun bill in over 20 years, as well as a bill that would closed the “boyfriend loophole” in the Violence Against Women Act, and one to fund research on gun violence. These pieces of legislation, she said, would help prevent mass shootings such as this one - but they were left to languish on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk.“It’s your worst nightmare. Every single member of Congress is constantly in the back of their head as to whether something like that is going to happen in your home district because it’s the worst thing that can happen,” she told CNN. “What are we supposed to say at this point? We’ve passed the background checks, we’ve passed four different pieces of legislation that would make an immediate impact on reducing gun violence, and it’s just sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk, there’s nothing more. … It says to me with complete and utter clarity, we don’t have a choice but to flip the Senate and to get somebody in the White House who is going to make this a priority… If you think that the safety of our kids matter, then that’s to me what needs to get you to the polls.” Hill, who herself is a gun owner, has long made it a point to speak out about gun safety in her community, which she told MSNBC has a high number of gun owners than average.“Right now, I’m in my backyard, I can hear the helicopters, I can hear the sirens…we’re just devastated and really praying for people to recover,” she told MSNBC.Related Content:Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Congresswomen Stood By Katie HillIs Katie Hill The Latest Victim Of Revenge Porn?Katie Hill Slams Congress' Sexist Double Standard