The self-declared ‘the squad’ has had several cross words with President Donald Trump, who called the group ‘anti-American’ because of its divisive rhetoric and proposals that only aim to help a few minorities, to the detriment of the majority of Americans.
“I don’t think the four congresswomen are capable of loving our country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,” President Trump wrote on Twitter earlier this year.
The far-left congresswomen who are part of the squad are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.,) Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayana Pressley (D-Mass.).
Despite the fact that most of the conventional media has made an effort to put the squad in a favorable light, the truth is that beyond their controversial sayings they are also being investigated for several irregularities, especially regarding their campaign financing.
According to the Daily Caller, three of the four most prolific members face accusations of violating campaign finance laws and House ethics rules for their own personal or political gain.
The following are the Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaints and House ethics investigations filed against Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board is investigating Omar after Minnesota Republican Party State Rep. Steve Drazkowski filed two complaints alleging the congresswoman spent nearly $6,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including payments to her divorce attorney, while serving in the Minnesota Legislature, the WJLA reported.
She is also being investigated for using campaign donations to pay for her brother’s divorce.
FEC records also 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 claimed in her divorce petition that he admitted to having an affair with the congresswoman.
Tim Mynett has been photographed traveling with Omar across the country in recent months. In one image, obtained by the Daily Mail, the two were holding hands.
The conservative group Judicial Watch also submitted a letter to the Congressional Ethics Office in September, requesting an investigation into Omar’s campaign payments to Tim Mynett’s company.
The five members of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board voted unanimously in November to recommend the House Ethics Committee continue its investigation into whether Tlaib improperly diverted campaign funds for her personal use.
House rules allow candidates to receive a salary from their campaign, however they are only allowed to receive such payments until the date of their election.
Tlaib had received more than $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.
OCE also said Tlaib and her staff refused interviews to discuss the suspect salary payments.
Tlaib has denied any wrongdoing and said in a statement that she “received the minimum salary payments necessary for me to meet my personal financial obligations.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her congressional campaign are facing an investigation after a conservative group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that they committed significant violations of the campaign finance law.
While the Ocasio-Cortez team has denied all allegations, legal experts said that while there is no clear evidence of serious legal violations, there may be grounds to investigate.
The conservative National Legal and Policy Center recently filed a complaint alleging that Ocasio-Cortez and her associates used two affiliated political action committees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars into a limited liability company to evade campaign finance laws.
The FEC is investigating complaints filed against Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee founded on Jan. 23, 2017.