October 27, 2023

Ethics Office Makes Recommendation on Rep. Cori Bush Paying Campaign Cash to Husband

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) has received a recommendation from the Congressional Ethics Committee over payments to her husband using campaign funds.

The office recommend a dismissal of the violations in a move that would clear her name in the situation.

“The political attacks on my campaign are a clear example of how right-wing extremist groups will stop at nothing to malign those of us unapologetically working in service of our communities,” Bush said in a statement.

“The right-wing sycophants and extremists that make up Donald Trump’s MAGA Republican Party of Insurrection want me to expend energy and financial resources to defend myself against these distractions. But their grift won’t work," she added.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed the complaint in August.

"Rep. Bush's abuse of official resources for political purposes shows a flagrant disregard for the law," FACT executive director Kendra Arnold told Fox News Digital. "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," Arnold said.

The payments included at least $60,000 in campaign funds to Cortney Merritts in 2022 before he was married to Bush.

The concern adds to other allegations related to fundraising for Bush, as well as complaints over her ceasefire response to the Israel war alongside other Squad members.

Bush is expected to be cleared in the current ethics case but it may not be the last time she faces such scrutiny over her acts in office.

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