‘Squad’ Demo­c­rat Cori Bush con­tin­ues to pay hus­band with cam­paign funds dur­ing DOJ inquiry

‘Squad’ Democrat Cori Bush continues to pay husband with campaign funds during DOJ inquiry

Rep. Cori Bush (D‑MO) has con­tin­ued pay­ments to her hus­band for secu­ri­ty ser­vices despite a Depart­ment of Jus­tice inves­ti­ga­tion into the pay­ments.
Recent Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion fil­ings indi­cate Bush’s cam­paign paid her hus­band, Cort­ney Mer­ritts, $15,000 this year and has paid him $135,000 since Jan­u­ary 2022. Bush has main­tained her inno­cence dur­ing the DOJ’s inquiry into her.
“As a rank-and-file mem­ber of Con­gress I am not enti­tled to per­son­al pro­tec­tion by the House, and instead have used cam­paign funds as per­mis­si­ble to retain secu­ri­ty ser­vices,” Bush said in a Jan­u­ary state­ment con­firm­ing the DOJ inquiry into her cam­paign spend­ing.
“In accor­dance with all applic­a­ble laws and House rules, I retained my hus­band as part of my secu­ri­ty team to pro­vide secu­ri­ty ser­vices because he has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in this area, and is able to pro­vide the nec­es­sary ser­vices at or below a fair mar­ket rate,” she added.
Mer­ritts does not have a pri­vate secu­ri­ty license, but he did s …