The House Ethics Committee concluded Rep. Rashida Tlaib violated federal election laws but without “ill intent.”
The Michigan Democrat was ordered to repay her campaign $10,800 within a year. That is more than half the $17,500 she got from her campaign after being elected to Congress in 2018, which is a violation of federal election laws.
But the panel “did not find that she sought to unjustly enrich herself by receiving the campaign funds at issue,” according to a report released on Friday.
The congresswoman’s office responded to the report expressing appreciation that the committee recognized her “good faith efforts to comply with applicable laws and regulations,”
Rep. Tlaib hopes the Federal Election Commission will issue updated guidance and clarify a well-intended rule that gives candidates like Rep. Tlaib the opportunity to see federal office,” the statement from congresswoman’s office said, according to the Detroit News.
The panel opened an investigation into a complaint filed against Tlaib in 2019 that alleged she received payments from her campaign during the time between her election and the day she officially took office. Candidates are permitted to receive salary payments from their campaign but only for work performed through the day of the election.
Tlaib, a member of the “Squad” along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, won her Democratic House primary election in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, which had previously been held for over a half-century by the late John Conyers Jr.
“Let it be known that in the 13th District, just like in communities across our country, we are done with establishment politics that put corporations first,” Tlaib said in a statement following her election victory. “If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger.
Author : Andrew Mark Miller
Source : Washington Examine : Ethics Committee orders Rashida Tlaib to repay campaign $10,800 for 2018 violation