Former Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown was convicted of misusing campaign funds and donations to a charity.
The charity was supposedly intended to provide scholarships for students, but it only awarded one worth $1,200. The rest of the money, nearly $800,000, appears to have been funneled to the personal accounts of Brown and her staff.
Brown, a long-time member of Congress, lost her bid for reelection in 2016 amid these charges. Now another Democrat, this time a sitting congressman, is facing similar charges.
According to American Lookout, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has been accused of misusing campaign funds.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign funds have made their way into the bank accounts of Rush’s wife and other organizations in which Rush is personally involved.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Rush paid his wife over half a million dollars from campaign funds. An additional $190,000 went to a church founded by Rush.
Campaign records indicate that this has been occurring for upwards of 15 years. An undisclosed amount of money also went to other members of Rush’s family.
As if that were not enough, “more than $14 million in taxpayer-backed government grants were awarded to a wellness center associated with the church he founded in Chicago.”
Rush was elected to Congress in 1992 and began paying his wife ten years later. His wife, Carolyn Rush, was reportedly employed by Rush’s campaign committee, Citizens for Rush.
In 2008, Carolyn Rush also received nearly $100,000 in “consulting services” fees for the campaign. In total, the Rush family personally received “more than a quarter of the campaign’s total operating expenditures.”
Since 2008, Mrs. Rush has consistently received over $100,000 per election cycle from her husband’s campaign funds for a total of more than $550,000 in campaign funds.
Rush’s actions illustrate much of what is wrong in Washington and with the Democratic Party. Rush’s double standard, attacking President Trump for hiring any of his family members, while simultaneously funneling hundreds of dollars to his wife are cause for his impeachment.