Three out of four members of “The Squad” are facing ethics and campaign finance violations in just less than one year in office.
We can start with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who actually faces prison time if convicted of her crimes. She owes her election in large part to the Justice Democrats PAC.
There is normally nothing wrong with that as long as there is no coordination between the campaign and the PAC. Therein lies the rub.
Justice Democrats PAC has three board members who vote on where to send money and or assistance, such as campaign volunteers.
Ocasio-Cortez and her former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti were appointed to hold two of the PAC’s three board seats almost a full year ahead of the election.
For this and the fact that she never notified the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) of her involvement in the PAC is a serious violation, and if prosecutors deem her actions were done on purpose, she could face criminal charges.
Ilhan Omar is accused of using campaign funds to enrich her boyfriend’s company and that she uses campaign funds to reimburse him for traveling the country with her. She has paid his company about $370,000 so far, and we are still a year out from the election.
Then there is Rashida Tlaib, who illegally paid herself $17,500 from her campaign funds after the 2018 election. Election law allows you to pay yourself a salary during campaigning, but once the campaign ends, all money must stop. In her case it didn’t. She requested checks for $2,000 and $15,500 — and received them.
Another complaint, submitted in March, alleged that Chakrabarti, who served as Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff until August, was running a slush fund during the 2018 midterms by diverting $1 million from Justice Democrats PAC to an LLC under his control.
“It appears Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her associates ran an off-the-books operation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, thus violating the foundation of all campaign finance laws: transparency,” said National Legal and Policy Center Director Tom Anderson, who filed the complaint.
Anderson, of the National Legal and Policy Center, told the DCNF: “We believe Representative Ilhan Omar may have touched the third rail of campaign finance law: disbursing campaign funds for personal use. It’s a brazen act Representative Omar was caught doing before in Minnesota, and all of the evidence we’ve seen tells us she’s probably doing it again.”
“If Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law,” OCE said.
US Rep Ilhan Omar accused of being foreign agent
Allegedly used her position in House of Representatives to access sensitive information which she relayed to Qatar, and through them to Iran
American and Turkish media previously reported that Omar met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a key supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, when she was a junior state representative in Minnesota in 2017. According to Bender, Omar met Erdogan and allegedly swore allegiance to him.
Bender claims that once Omar took office, she used her position in the House of Representatives to access sensitive information which she relayed to Qatar, and through them to Iran.
This is not the first time IIhan Omar will be accused of working for foreign governments Imam Tawhidi has previously called the Minnesota rep a qatari agent and promise to expose her.
Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post reported on court testimony given by Canadian businessman Alan Bender in the trial of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani, who stands accused of ordering his American bodyguard to murder two people.
IIhan Omar if tried will be convicted for espionage
Bender told the court that Omar had been recruited by Qatar and had also pledged allegiance to Turkey’s President Erdogan. Speaking to the Post earlier today, Bender confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of what was said in court.
And that Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner is also alleged to have taken money from Qatar.
In testimony given in the Florida court, a copy of which was sent to the Jerusalem Post, Bender claimed that both Omar and Linda Sarsour were members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“They [the Qataris] called her Sister Ilhan, which is a term you only use when you’re a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. So Abdullah al-Athbah, he refers to Ilhan Omar as Sister Ilhan, and Sister Linda, which is Linda Sarsour, another activist who is now going to run for Senate,” Bender told the court.
“Somebody recommended her to the Qataris. They had several names, several options to pick from, to appoint – ‘they call her winning the elections is an appointment.
Omar was chosen, Bender said, because her father had a history of carrying out “very violent interrogations,” as a high ranking officer in the Somalian army, “and they thought that would be very suitable because the more dirt you have on your candidate, the easier it is to control the candidate.”
She also said to have had other perceived weaknesses which made her a suitable recruit. Bender told the court he questioned why a devout Muslim such as Omar would take bribes, only to be told, “don’t be fooled by her head scarf. She’s a sex maniac, and she’s very weak when it comes to money and sex. And we got both.”
The claims are being supported by London-based Kuwaiti activist Abdullah al-Saleh, who on Tuesday evening tweeted: “My name is Dr. Abdullah al-Saleh and I was the guest of the Qatari government and Prime Minister for 6 months. I learned of their operations in the West and can testify and confirm that everything Alan Bender said in his deposition regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar and Qatar is true.”
Mr al-Saleh, who has a following of 123,000 people on Twitter, sent the Post a photograph of himself posing with members of the Qatari royal family to support his claim.