According to U.S. public records, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib allegedly received a considerable amount of money from Michigan entrepreneur and real estate developer George S. Farah Sr., a Palestinian immigrant who came to the United States in the mid-1950s and died 10 years ago, according to The Daily Signal.
Between April 1 and June 30, Tlaib’s campaign committee raised at least $2,000 for each taxpayer. According to The Washington Free Beacon, donations from dozens of individuals who funded the campaign included the name Farah.
The Beacon indicated that campaign documents confirm that a contribution of $2,500 was made on behalf of the businessman. This amount, from a trust fund, was donated to her campaign.
But according to an article published by Michigan Live, Farah died in February 2009 due to heart failure.
In addition to Tlaib, Dan Kildee, also of the Democratic Party, ran for the House of Representatives during the 2012 election with Farah’s money. Both of Michigan’s representatives are the only two federal politicians to have received the entrepreneur’s financial support over the past 10 years.
Under federal law, making contributions to political campaigns on behalf of someone else is illegal. According to Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Responsibility and Civic Trust, “The requirement of accurate disclosure of campaign contributors is important to inform voters of the source of campaign funds, prevent corruption, and ensure individuals are contributing within the legal limits,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.
As The Daily Signal points out, the Democratic legislator’s office reported, “Gisele Farah is the sole beneficiary of a trust in the name of her late husband, George S. Farah Sr.” It was also pointed out from the office that modifications would be made to the campaign’s records and presentations to clarify that the contributions were under the name of Gisele Farah, who would turn out to be the sole beneficiary of the deceased entrepreneur.
For his part, a spokesman for Rep. Kildee said that Gisele is the “only beneficiary in the control of the trust,” detailing that “[Farah] contributed to our campaign with funds from her trust.“
“We will amend our campaign records and filings to clarify that the campaign contribution was from Gisele Farah and should be designated under her name,” the spokesman added, according to The Daily Signal.
According to public records, prior to his death, George S. Farah Sr did not donate any money to candidates for federal office.