(RoyalPatriot.com )- On Thursday, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) general counsel, Lisa Stevenson, alleging that a Missouri State Representative used campaign funds for personal purposes.
FACT has requested that the FEC look into whether or not Representative Cori Bush paid her husband for private security services via the campaign war chest.
Her now-husband, Cortney Merritts, worked for Bush’s campaign in 2022 and received a salary of $60,000 despite lacking the private security license required to operate in the St. Louis area. Bush’s campaign paid $225,281 to PEACE Security and $50,000 to Nathaniel Davis for personal security, while Merritts received the cash.
Except for St. Louis Police Officers, “any personnel performing a security role in the City of St. Louis must be licensed via the Private Security Division,” according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department website. Police and security guards in St. Louis County are subject to the exact registration requirements.
A listing of licensed security personnel in Washington, DC, does not include Merritts either.
FACT alleges in its lawsuit that political organizations are forbidden from using their donations for “payments to family members” or “gifts,” as well as “any other purpose other than bona fide campaign or political goals.”
KSDK of St. Louis reported Sunday night that Bush and Merritts just wed in a secret ceremony. Monday morning, Bush’s administration verified the couple’s marriage, claiming they had been married since before she took office in 2021. This means that Bush hired Merritts to work on her campaign at least a year after the two started dating.
Bush’s campaign paid the Merritts $2,500 every other month, for $60,000, while spending hundreds of thousands on private security detail with PEACE Security and Davis. In addition, Merritts received $2,359.59 for her airfare and other transportation expenditures.
Bush’s husband doesn’t appear to be licensed to offer the security services he was paid for. She was concurrently paying enormous sums to another firm for the same services. This raises red flags that demand an inquiry by the FEC.