Texas Democrat indicted on bribery charges has spent half his campaign funds on legal fees: Report

 May 20, 2024

There seems to be a pandemic of Democratic congressmen being indicted on bribery-related charges. 

The latest Democrat to face the music is Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, who was recently indicted "for a bribery scheme involving the Azerbaijani government."

According to the Daily Caller, Cuellar isn't impressing his donors as he's reportedly spent half of his campaign cash this cycle on legal fees as he faces serious consequences regarding the indictment.

Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that of the $1.6 million in campaign funds this cycle, roughly $750,000 has been spent on various law firms.

What's going on?

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden's Justice Department indicted the Texas Democrat, "alleging that the congressman had accepted $600,000 in bribes from an Azerbaijanian Government-controlled oil and gas company and a Mexican bank in exchange for shifting American foreign policy in favor of Azerbaijan."

Interestingly, Cuellar once served as the co-chair of the House Azerbaijan Caucus in Congress.

He also has a record of advocating for the small, oil-wealthy nation during his stint in Congress. But according to the congressman, he's innocent.

"I want to be clear that both my wife and I are innocent of these allegations. Everything I have done in Congress has been to serve the people of South Texas," a statement from Cuellar read.

The statement added, "The actions I took in Congress were consistent with the actions of many of my colleagues and in the interest of the American people."

Social media reacts

News that Cuellar has spent nearly half his campaign war chest on legal fees should raise anyone's eyebrows, and many social media users called foul on the idea that it's even legal to do that.

"Is it just me, or does American politics seem a little swampy. How can it be a thing to spend campaign donations on personal legal fees? And it's allowed?" one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Good - prosecute him. Lock him up. We don't want or need corrupt politicians."

Only time will tell if Cuellar is convicted on the charges, and how much more of his campaign funds he'll drop to prove himself innocent.

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