A second-term “Squad” member is facing yet another ethics complaint amidst “clear and obvious” allegations that government resources were used to benefit her campaign.
Working as a political activist and perpetual candidate evidently hadn’t prepared Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (D) for the standards that would be applied once elected to public office. Now, having already faced complaints over alleged campaign finance violations, the congresswoman was slapped with an ethics complaint Thursday over suspected misuse of resources.
Introduced to the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), the charges against Bush relate to her sharing a post from CSPAN on her social media account where she could be overheard yelling at Republicans “Your bills are racist!”
The snippet, wherein Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise could be seen yielding the floor was captioned by Bush, “I didn’t get to finish. Their bills are also sexist, patriarchal, xenophobic, classist, homophobic, and transphobic,” and included a link to donate to her campaign in the thread.
I didn’t get to finish.
Their bills are also sexist, patriarchal, xenophobic, classist, homophobic, and transphobic. https://t.co/n4zMstb474
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 28, 2023
“The legal violation in this case is obvious and there are no facts that can excuse it–Bush used official House proceedings and resources for political purposes,” the complaint stated, according to Fox News. “Video of official house floor proceedings is an official resource, and both using it for political purposes and posting it on a campaign social media account are violations of the ethics rules.”
Furthermore, FACT contended, “It is irrelevant that Bush obtained this video from CSPAN because a Member cannot use official footage even if it is obtained or reposted from another entity.”
“The fact that Bush uses this video on her campaign social media account and directly fundraises off of it shows a complete disrespect for the law,” asserted the complaint.
Previously, the Missouri legislator had come under fire for using campaign funds to pay the salary of her now-husband Cortney Merritts for supposed “security services” during the 2022 election cycle as well as a St. Louis-based private security firm.
The first complaint on that front had also originated with FACT whose executive director Kendra Arnold had said at the time, “Both the fact that reportedly Bush’s husband isn’t licensed to provide security services for which he was paid, and that she was simultaneously paying large amounts to another company for the same services raise red flags that warrant an investigation by the FEC.”
On the new ethics complaint, Arnold told Fox News Digital, “Rep. Bush’s abuse of official resources for political purposes shows a flagrant disregard for the law. These laws and ethics rules are in place to maintain the integrity of official proceedings, so members cannot leverage them for political advantage.”
“The violation we have documented in our complaint is clear and obvious, and after confirming through investigation, we hope the OCE moves swiftly to impose the proper penalty,” added the executive director.
The congresswoman’s office had not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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