Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) may be using an Ouija board to solicit campaign donations, as it has been revealed she received a sizable sum from a person who has been deceased for the past 10 years.
According to Free Beacon, Tlaib’s campaign Federal Election Commission filings reveal the freshman congresswoman received a generous donation from a businessman who has been deceased for a decade.
Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, hauled in donations of at least $2,000 from dozens of individuals between April 1 and June 30. One of those contributions was from George S. Farah Sr., a Michigan businessman, real estate developer, and community leader who made his way from Palestine to the United States in the mid-1950s. Farah passed away on Feb. 1, 2009, from heart failure, according to a Michigan Live article published at the time of his death.
On June 22, Tlaib’s campaign received a $2,500 donation in his name, Federal Election Commission filings show. A search of public records, which also state that he is deceased, provides an address identical to the one written on the contribution to Tlaib’s campaign committee. Grand Blanc Township property records also show that the residence located at that address is registered in Farah’s name along with that of his widow.
While Tlaib may have received the apparently fraudulent donation unknowingly, Free Beacon reports that she was the only candidate to receive a donation from the deceased man. Federal laws exist that make it illegal to donate on behalf of another person – living or dead – meaning there is very little chance this donation is above board.
According to The Free Beacon, the Tlaib campaign maintains that the donation came from the living heir to the original donor:
“Gisele Farah is the sole beneficiary of a trust in her late husband’s name, George S. Farah Sr., who as you noted passed away in 2009. Gisele Farah, as the sole beneficiary in control of the trust, contributed to our campaign with funds from her trust. We will amend our campaign records and filings to clarify that the campaign contribution was from Gisele Farah and should be designated under her name.”
Tlaib, a vocal member of “The Squad” derided by President Donald Trump on Twitter, appears to be having a confusing first term in Congress. Last month, she declared that the fight for a $15 minimum wage is now obsolete, and due to the cost of household items including milk, activists should now demand a $20 minimum wage.
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