Congress Reviews Rashida Tlaib for Possible Misuse of Campaign Funds

Tlaib's office tells House Ethics Committee she 'fully complied with the law'

U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib listens to a comment from a constituent during a Town Hall style meeting in Inkster, Michigan, U.S. August 15, 2019.
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The Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is reviewing actions taken by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and her campaign in last year's midterm election. 

Tlaib, according to a report in Politico, paid herself $17,500 as a salary after the 2018 midterms, when she was no longer a candidate. While candidates for office are allowed to pay themselves a salary from their campaign funds when they are running for office, they are not allowed to continue doing so after an election is over. 

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Tlaib's office said in reply to the Ethics Committee review that there was no "misuse of funds" and that Tlaib "fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times.”

The payments discussed in the review are said to have been made after the election in November but before Tlaib was sworn in as a member of Congress in early January 2019. Politico reported that "the House Ethics Committee now faces a 45-day deadline to announce whether to go ahead with a full investigation."