One of the newest additions to the radical progressive House "Squad" is Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, and her personal drama is already creating headlines. And not the good kind.
According to Fox News, Bush's secret husband, Cortney Merritts, who originally worked as a security consultant for Bush, was paid $60K in campaign funds and he reportedly doesn't even hold a valid security license.
Fox uncovered that in order to provide private security services in St. Louis, MO, a proper security license is required. Merritts hasn't held a valid security license in some time.
The report uncovered that the "last security license issued to that individual expired in 2012."
The rules are clear for practicing private security in the city of St. Louis or St. Louis County.
"With the exception of St. Louis Police Officers, all persons performing a security function in the City of St. Louis must be licensed to do so through the Private Security Section."
Fox noted: "Likewise, in St. Louis County, security officers must register with the same security section."
Fox News added:
Merritts also received the campaign's cash as it simultaneously paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a St. Louis security firm and another individual for personal protection.
FEC complaint was just filed against Cori Bush because she paid her husband Cortney Merritts over $60K to act as her private security while they dated.
Merritts has no private security license.
Bush funneled campaign funds for personal use — a clear campaign finance violation.
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) March 2, 2023
While Merritts cashed campaign checks, the Bush campaign paid out over $225,000 to PEACE Security for security services.
The court filings reportedly show:
From January to late December 2022, Merritts collected a steady stream of $2,500 checks totaling $60,000 from Bush's campaign for security, her filings show. He was also reimbursed $2,359.59 for gas and travel. While Merritts cashed the checks, Bush's campaign paid PEACE Security $225,281.80 for personal protection, according to a review of her campaign records. Bush's committee also paid $50,000 to an individual named Nathaniel Davis for security during that time.
Keep in mind, this is the same Democratic lawmaker who was the first to cry "defund the police" while bulking up on spending for private security needs.
Bush was challenged by Fox News at the time on the hypocritical look of calling for the defunding of police departments while hiring private security for herself. Her answer told us all we needed to know about her.
"They would rather I die?" Bush asked. "You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative."