A top Democratic lawmaker’s unusual spending habits — which included tens of thousands in travel expenses last year despite shutting down in-person campaign operations and urging constituents to stay home amid the pandemic — have prompted ethics concerns, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.
What are the details?
Democratic New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent nearly $29,000 on “ground transportation” and “automobile expenses” in the last nine months of 2020, according to financial records.
The exorbitant spending on travel included “nearly $20,000 in lease and insurance payments, more than $3,600 in collision repairs, nearly $2,200 in gas, more than $2,100 in rental car fees, and nearly $500 for a satellite radio subscription,” the Free Beacon reported.
Curiously, Maloney appeared to have halted at least some in-person campaign efforts in March 2020 while urging residents to “stay home” and do their part to “stop spreading this virus.”
“Stay at home. Don’t go out if you don’t need to, minimize your contact with other people,” the lawmaker said during a radio interview. “If a member of your family is sick, the whole family’s got to stay home so we don’t go spread it.”
What’s more is that Maloney’s spending far outweighed that of fellow Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado, who didn’t disclose any car-related expenditures last year despite his congressional district being nearly six times the size of Maloney’s neighboring district, the Free Beacon noted. Delgado also reportedly transitioned to virtual events during the pandemic.
U.S. campaign finance laws prevent candidates from using donor funds to pay for personal travel.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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