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Marjorie Taylor Greene Used $92K Of Campaign Funds To Buy Herself A Luxury SUV: Report

Even though she regularly rails against Democrats for spending too much money on things such as making sure children have enough to eat and there’s an adequate supply of COVID vaccines, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been caught living large at the expense of those who contribute to her reelection campaign.

The Peach Pundit reports that FEC filings show Greene used $92,000 in campaign funds to purchase herself a fancy new SUV:

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene used donors’ campaign contributions to buy herself a luxury vehicle worth over $92,000, FEC records show.

The expenditure will prove controversial as the May 24 primary approaches, not just because of the expensive, swanky nature of the vehicle, but because Greene’s second biggest source of donations is retired Americans—meaning she effectively raided donors’ Social Security checks to buy a tricked-out vehicle from a Buick/GMC dealership.

Maybe you’re wondering what sort of vehicle costs $92,000, and it appears to be a top-of-the line vehicle:

As of the time of writing, the website of the dealership in question shows no vehicles for sale with a sticker price above $81,860. That would get you a brand spanking new 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 truck complete with leather upholstery, two first row LCD monitors, a Premium GMC Infotainment System, and six speakers. So whatever MTG bought, it’s swankier than this.

Playing around on the GMC website, it looks like she ordered a 2022 GMC Yukon XL SUV with just about every available amenity and add-on.

That is one sweet ride. And Greene treated herself with the money sent in by retirees who are living on fixed incomes, because records show the second-largest group of contributors to her campaign are retired Americans.

Can you afford to drive a $92,000 luxury SUV? If you can’t, then maybe you need to take a page from Marjorie Taylor Greene, run for public office, and rake in those campaign donations. Pretty soon you’ll have enough money to fill your garage with great rides and maybe even have some left over to arrange a few spa days.

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GOP Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Allegedly Attended Party With Underage Girls And Alcohol While Teaching At High School

Shortly after he graduated from college and prior to attending law school, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a job as a history teacher at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. His hiring was announced in a 2001 newsletter published by the school:

Ron DeSantis is joining the Upper School history department. DeSantis earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Yale University, New Haven, Conn. While at Yale, he worked for the political science department, the athletic department, and the university sports camp. He has work experience with the Sonic Corporation and the office of Senator Connie Mack.

But it turns out that DeSantis was more than just a teacher while at Darlington, according to Hill Reporter:

His students would have been high school co-eds, teenagers, some of whom would have been living on-campus. According to our whistleblower, he had a reputation among students for being a young “hot teacher” who girls loved, and the girls in the photo are believed to have graduated in 2002, making them seniors at the time.

The photo shows a person purported to be DeSantis, in a group embrace with several young girls, one of whom is holding what appears to be a glass beer bottle. The source who provided the photo says that it was taken prior to graduation — meaning the young girls would still have been DeSantis’ responsibility at the time. It is not clear whether any of them were legal adults, though they would have been too young to purchase alcohol.

Of course, DeSantis isn’t the only Florida politician who seems to have an affinity for young girls. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is current the subject of a wide-ranging federal investigation that reportedly involves the congressman taking underage girls across state lines and paying them, which is sexual trafficking of a minor. And that investigation could also wind up ensnaring the governor, who is up for reelection next year:

Still, the investigation may be moving uncomfortably close to the governor’s office. Besides Gaetz himself, the influential Florida political figures under federal scrutiny include Jason Pirozzolo, a hand surgeon and DeSantis campaign donor, and DeSantis’ political appointee Halsey Beshears, the state’s former top business regulator.

DeSantis has yet to respond to the photo or other revelations from Hill Reporter.

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Corruption GOP U.S. Senate

Ted Cruz Caught Using Taxpayer Money To Employ Family Members

Proving that he’s just as corrupt as almost every member of the GOP, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has been caught employing members of his family with taxpayer money in direct violation of federal law.

According to Business Insider:

“Cruz employed the daughter of his first cousin in his Senate office as a paid press assistant and gave his cousin’s son a coveted Senate internship. Cruz put his cousin on the payroll for his 2016 presidential campaign and later for his Senate campaign, records show.”

Federal law could not be more clear. U.S Code § 3110 states:

“A public official may not appoint, employ,
promote, advance, or advocate for appointment,
employment, promotion, or advancement, in or
to a civilian position in the agency in which he
is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction
or control any individual who is a relative of the
public official. An individual may not be appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in or
to a civilian position in an agency if such appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement has been advocated by a public official,
serving in or exercising jurisdiction or control
over the agency, who is a relative of the individual.
(c) An individual appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in violation of this section
is not entitled to pay, and money may not be
paid from the Treasury as pay to an individual
so appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced.”

When confronted with the information about his employment of relatives with taxpayer funds, members of his staff resorted to the ad hominem attack line used so often by failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, calling the article “fake news” and refusing further comment.

How do you suppose Cruz and his fellow Republicans in the Senate would act if say the son or daughter of President Joe Biden’s first cousin was suddenly given a plum job in the White House and drew a salary paid for with tax dollars? There’d likely be a hue and cry not heard since the days of the bogus Benghazi hearings, and it’s even safe to suggest that some extremists in the GOP (like Sen. Cruz) would recommend impeachment.

Ted Cruz is a liar, a fraud, and a man who gave aid and comfort to insurrectionists by refusing to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election even though he had no proof of any irregularities in the balloting.

 

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Congress Corruption Crime

Marjorie Taylor Greene Accused Of Violating Federal Corruption Laws

Shortly after she was elected to Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) appeared in an ad for the “Stop Socialism Now PAC” in which she specifically asked for donations.

That ask was in violation of federal corruption laws, according to a report from ProPublica:

“Under federal law, candidates and elected officials cannot ‘solicit, receive, direct, transfer, or spend funds in connection with an election … unless the funds are subject to the limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements’ of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.”

Super PACs such as the one Greene appeared in the ad for, are not subject to limitations, but Greene is, and that’s where she could well be in trouble under federal campaign finance laws.

Did Greene break the law?

Paul S. Ryan of Common Cause said the ad Greene starred in is very clearly in violation of the law:

“This communication constitutes an illegal solicitation by a member of Congress of unlimited funds.”

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees with Ryan, and has ruled that there are indeed limitations on candidates soliciting funds outside of the set campaign limits because large contributions lead to corruption and undermine faith in the political process.

Greene appeared in the Super PACs ads at the behest of Rick Shaftan, a political consultant who also made ads for Greene’s 2020 congressional campaign. Shaftan has a history of making racist comments, so it’s no surprise that he and Greene became such fast friends.

Shaftan’s ads were seen as instrumental in helping Green win the GOP nomination in her district, and the TV spots also pandered to right-wing sensibilities. One of them simulated “an explosion at an enormous Confederate monument in Stone Mountain, Georgia, as Greene says, ‘The socialist left won’t stop until America is destroyed.’ In another ad, Greene brandishes an assault rifle and appears to blow up targets labeled ‘gun control’ and ‘socialism.'”

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has received a complaint about Greene’s ad for the Super PAC, but it remains unclear if the often toothless FEC will make a case of the matter.

Whatever happens with the FEC, the ProPublica report is yet more evidence of why Marjorie Taylor Greene needs to be beaten in the 2022 midterm elections.

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Corruption Crime U.S. Senate

FBI Suspects Susan Collins Received Illegal Campaign Contributions From A Defense Contractor: Report

In the 2020 election, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Many said it to be a miracle that she managed to beat her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon, by over eight percentage points.

But could Collins have won in part because she took illegal campaign contributions from a major defense contractor that has operations in Maine?

Ken Vogel of the New York Times noted Tuesday on Twitter that he’d run across a search warrant for the phones of two executives of the Martin Defense Group. The FBI, it should be noted, obtained the search warrants back in April:

It remains unclear if either Collins or her campaign knew about the contributions from the two men who work for Martin Defense.