Ethics Committee Orders Tlaib to Refund Campaign $10,800

Ethics Committee Orders Tlaib to Refund Campaign $10,800

August 7, 2020

The House Ethics Committee released a report Thursday directing Rep. Rashida Tlaib to reimburse her campaign $10,800 after determining she improperly received salary payments in 2018 while no longer a candidate.

“Based on its review, the committee determined that Rep. Tlaib did not comply with the letter of the relevant laws and regulations governing her receipt of salary payments from her Campaign. The committee did not find evidence, however, that Representative Tlaib intended to unjustly enrich herself, and recognizes that she made efforts to ensure her compliance with the applicable requirements,” the Ethics Committee wrote.

“In light of this, the Committee determined that no sanction was merited, provided Rep. Tlaib returns the funds that she improperly received to her Campaign in full within a year of the date of this Report.”

The FEC allows non-incumbent candidates to pay themselves a salary from their campaign. The salary is meant to help first-time candidates who aren’t independently wealthy afford running for office.

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