The Missouri Democrat’s committee pushed $12,500 to her spouse, Cortney Merritts, between January and the end of March, according to her campaign’s filings. During this time, she also moved $26,000 to the St. Louis-based PEACE Security, which hires several “security operators” with military or law enforcement experience, despite her opposition to them.
Bush has been among Congress’ top spenders on private security, which she said she needs because there have been attempts on her life. Since 2019, she’s dropped more than a half million dollars into the personal detail, which primarily has gone to PEACE Security.
Bush and Merritts, meanwhile, tied the knot in February. They said they had been together before she took office in 2021 — more than a year before she added him to her campaign’s payroll in January 2022. Last year, he collected $50,000 from her committee while it simultaneously paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a private security firm.
And despite the security payments, Merritts did not have the required private security license as of late February. He also did not appear in a Washington, D.C. database of licensed security professionals.
This is coming from a radical who called for the defunding of police for inner city communities, leaving black families who can’t afford private security vulnerable to surging crime.