Dem Presidential hopeful ‘Beto’ O’Rourke paid over $ 100,000 of campaign funds to a web development company either he or his wife owned.
According to public records, they’ve been collecting the campaign cash since 2011.
The Daily Caller reported:
Beto for Texas paid Stanton Street Technology Group $ 58,544 during the 2011-12 election cycle, $ 39,060 during the 2013-14 cycle, $ 9,290 in the 2015-16 cycle and $ 32,778 during the 2017-18 cycle, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Either O’Rourke (with his cow love and child murder fantasy past) or his wife owned Stanton Street — a small web development firm that O’Rourke founded in 1998 — during the vast majority of those payments.
Such payments are legal, so long as the campaign is charged for the actual cost of the services, but ethics watchdogs have criticized the practice as a form of self-dealing.
O’Rourke’s wife, Amy Sanders O’Rourke, took over Stanton Street as the Texas Democrat entered Congress in January 2013. She controlled it until early 2017.
Amy O’Rourke sold her stake in the company on March 31, 2017, according to Beto O’Rourke’s 2017 year-end financial disclosure report. He listed the sale value in the $ 100,001 to $ 1 million range.
Beto O’Rourke reported between $ 100,000 and $ 1 million in income from the sale of his wife’s stock in Stanton Street Technology, a firm paid by Beto’s congressional campaigns.
Stanton Street publicly announced the sale more than two months after the fact in a June 2017 blog post that listed CEO Brian Wancho as Amy O’Rourke’s buyer.
“Amy will continue to be involved with the company during the transition,” read the blog post. “She plans to spend more time on local initiatives in addition to joining her husband, Senate Candidate and current U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, on the campaign trail.”
Beto O’Rourke doubled as both candidate and treasurer during his first congressional campaign in 2011 and 2012, according to FEC records.
Beto for Texas paid the candidate’s own business for services including “consulting” and “social media” during that time, FEC records show.
Stanton Street declined to make Wancho available for an interview, but Wancho agreed to answer questions via email.
Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign — his first campaign since Amy O’Rourke sold the company — is not using Stanton Street, according to Wancho.
Wancho said he thought there wasn’t anything unethical about a candidate directing campaign funds to a business they own.
“What would be out of bounds is if the candidate abused the process and over-paid for goods and services just to enrich themself or their family. I expect the combination of campaign expenditure reporting and investigative journalism to work together to root out the situations where the candidate is abusing the system,” he said.
Of course, that’s Wancho’s opinion and is not based on Federal Election Commission law.
And, this further proves a theory that all democrats are in politics for one reason—to enrich themselves.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is quickly becoming the worst offender in history for her campaign PAC shenanigans.
But, Beto was apparently more circumspect. He simply paid his family the same salary that many hard working Americans earn in one year… not too greedy for now.
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