Three women who were sworn into office in January have been christened by some as the face of the newly empowered Democratic majority in the U.S. House – if that’s the case, the party’s leadership can’t be all too happy about what they’re seeing.
Late last month, a conservative activist group filed a Federal Election Commission complaint alleging that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, attempted to conceal nearly $900,000 in campaign expenditures by funneling them from political action committees to private companies, which don’t have the same strict reporting guidelines as PACs.
Hans von Spakovsky is senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a former Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission. He says Ocasio-Cortez (pictured above, left) could face serious legal problems related to campaign finance because in his opinion, there’s sufficient evidence that she deliberately violated the law.
“Her chief of staff was also her campaign manager,” he points out, “and I have a hard time believing that the campaign manager for a congressional campaign would not have basic knowledge of the rules governing federal elections. One of the most glaringly obvious rules that everybody in this area knows is that a candidate can’t have legal control over a political action committee that is also working to elect candidates. So I just have a hard time believing this wasn’t deliberate.”
But von Spakovsky explains to OneNewsNow that even if Ocasio-Cortez is convicted and sent to prison, only Congress can boot her out of office. “The Constitution says that each house of Congress is the judge of the qualifications of its own members,” he shares. “So if they want to eject a member, it can’t be done by a court of law or anyone else. It can only be done by the Senate and the House.”
Regardless if a member of Congress is removed from office, he or she wouldn’t be able to vote on legislation from a jail cell.
And then there’s this …
Last week, the Democratic-controlled House failed to punish Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) (pictured above, right) for remarks construed by many – including some Democrats – to be anti-Semitic. Instead the House passed a water-downed resolution which included condemnation of other bigotry, including against Islam – but the document did not mention Omar by name.
Bestselling author and End Times scholar Joel Rosenberg is concerned that the Democratic leadership in the House isn’t willing to hold one of its own members accountable for anti-Semitic comments.
“To be driving anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic thinking and rhetoric, this is very dangerous,” says Rosenberg, a former advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “But even more dangerous is that the Democrat leadership of Congress will not stop them. At first, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and several of the other top Democrat leaders said things like this is vile speech, it’s hurtful, it’s anti-Semitic, it should stop.”
Omar along with fellow Muslim Congresswoman Rashid Tlaib (D-Michigan) (pictured above, center) and Ocasio-Cortez have been critical of Netanyahu’s government, rejecting the conservative leader’s approach to Palestinians and other issues.
And Rosenberg points out the Democrats have refused to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which he argues would be a strong signal that she “crossed the line” and was actually getting penalized for her remarks.
“This is a big problem,” the author concludes. “If the leadership of Congress – and this means the Democrats – don’t have the moral clarity and courage to stand up against anti-Semitism, what will they stand up for and [what will they] stand against?”