Attention all you empty-headed Millenials. Socialist politicians are no better than capitalist politicians. Despite your romantic infatuation with them and the ideology they’re spewing, as it turns out, socialist politicians can be just as corrupt just as crooked as any politicians anywhere else in the world.
Case in point: Three members of the “Squad” — that eclectic group of freshmen congresswomen who claim allegiance to socialism and socialist policies — are all under investigation for committing financial crimes either before or after they took office.
The Daily Caller has a summary of what Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilham Omar are accused of — less than a year after they took office.
Ocasio-Cortez and her former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti were appointed to hold two of the PAC’s three board seats in December 2017, but the Federal Election Commission was never notified of the affiliation between her campaign and Justice Democrats.
Multiple former FEC commissioners told the Daily Caller News Foundation that Ocasio-Cortez could face civil or criminal penalties for failing to disclose her campaign’s affiliation to the outside PAC.
“At minimum, there’s a lot of smoke there, and if there are really only three board members and she and [Chakrabarti] are two of them, sure looks like you can see the blaze,” said former FEC Chairman Brad Smith.
Also, AOC’s ex-campaign manager apparently siphoned a million dollars from a Justice Democrats PAC to a company he controls. That’s white- bread corruption that capitalist politicians are regularly guilty of.
Rep. Omar’s marital difficulties have been well documented, but what’s come to light recently has raised a few eyebrows.
FEC records revealed that Omar’s campaign had disbursed tens of thousands of dollars in “travel expenses” to Tim Mynett’s company, E. Street Group, LLC.
Omar’s campaign began making travel payments to Tim Mynett’s company on April 1, about a week before his wife alleged in her divorce filing that he admitted to having an affair with the congresswoman.
Tim Mynett has been pictured traveling with Omar across the country in recent months. In one picture, obtained by the Daily Mail, the two were holding hands.
Again, this sort of crookedness happens all the time. Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings is under investigation for paying his girlfriend the highest salary in his office — larger than what he paid his chief of staff. Omar isn’t being that blatant about it, but that sort of ho-hum corruption doesn’t surprise anyone.
And Rashida Tlaib is simply a thief.
House rules allow candidates to receive a salary from their campaign up to what they earned the year prior to their campaign; however, they’re only allowed to receive such payments until the date of their election.
Tlaib had received over $17,500 from her campaign after her election victory in November 2018 in an apparent violation of House rules.
“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.
In my youth, I used to worship some politicians, putting them on pedestals believing they could do no wrong. Then, I grew up.
Socialist, capitalist, Nazi, or commie, politicians are human and subject to the same temptations the world over. That so many fail to resist those temptations says more about the job than it does anything else.