Wow, talk about a plot twist! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her team, known as the “Squad,” have reportedly used a whopping $1.2 million of campaign money for their own private security. This comes as a surprise, especially since they’re known for wanting to cut police funding.
Cori Bush, another member of the Squad, is leading the spending spree. She’s spent a stunning $730,000 on her own security. What’s more shocking? $75,000 of that went to her husband!
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t far behind. She spent over $272,000 on things like making her offices more secure.
Now, Cori Bush didn’t just start spending when she got to Congress in 2021. She’s been at it since her 2019 campaign, spending a total of $736,748 on security!
One of the companies getting Bush’s money is called Peace Security. Even though Bush speaks against guns, this firm loves them. They’ve gotten a big chunk of cash: $380,947 to be exact.
Bush got into some hot water recently because her campaign paid her husband for security work, but he didn’t have the right license. Oops!
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also used her money for more than just people security. She spent about $2,000 on new security systems for her offices in Queens and the Bronx. Plus, she spent over $20,000 on keeping her online info safe.
Some people think all this spending is really unfair. Zach Smith from the Heritage Foundation says it’s not right for these politicians to have so much security when their voters have to rely on the police or their own ways to stay safe.
Other Squad members have been busy too. Ilhan Omar spent around $126,000 on security. Ayanna Pressley spent about $65,000, and the list goes on.
Most of the $1.2 million was spent after the police event involving George Floyd in 2020. This has led people to say that the Squad is being two-faced. They want less money for police but spend a lot on their own safety.
Paul Kamenar, a legal expert, says it doesn’t add up for the Squad to be against police funding while using so much money to keep themselves safe. He’s also puzzled about the money Cori Bush gave her husband for security.
And that’s the scoop! It seems like the Squad’s security spending has got a lot of people talking.