By now, you’ve likely realized that Democrats seem to have a mindset that they are somehow above the laws and regulations the rest of us have to abide by. Such definitely appears to be the case for Democrat Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick of Florida.
Cherfilus-McCormick was first elected in 2021 during a special election to fill the recently vacated seat of Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings, who died shortly before. She then won her 2022 bid to stay in the seat. However, it seems she misused a number of funds both during her special election and later during the general election campaigns.
According to a Wednesday news release, the House Ethics Committee has now been made aware of these allegations and voted to begin an investigation into Cherfilus-McCormick’s actions.
In the release, it was noted that the investigation will focus mostly on her 2022 campaigns. Included in this will be her required statements to the House, such as ethics and financial declarations, as well as the allegation that she failed to pay at least one campaign worker for their service.
Official allegations were made at the end of September. Since then, the committee has been doing their due diligence. Originally, a decision was scheduled for November 9. However, this deadline was extended to gather more information.
According to Inside Elections, the main problem is that Cherfilus-McCormick seems to have paid for campaign ads for her 2022 reelection using taxpayer funds.
As the outlet reported in June, this isn’t completely unallowed. However, to do so, there are limits to the ads. Basically, the ads must consist of “official business” only and must “steer clear of campaign content.”
Cherfilus-McCormick’s do neither. In one, she identifies herself as a political candidate. In another contract, she lists her campaign office as the addressee of fundraising.
Additionally, one of her campaign fundraisers, Mark Goodrich, was tasked with liaising between her and TV producers for the ads.
It might not seem like a big offense. But it’s just one more case of Democrats thinking they can blur the lines and laws to get what they want.