Cori Bush’s legal fees adding up before com­pet­i­tive pri­ma­ry: Report

Cori Bush’s legal fees adding up before competitive primary: Report

Rep. Cori Bush (R‑MO) report­ed­ly spent $86,000 on legal fees dur­ing the year’s first quar­ter amid a Jus­tice Depart­ment inves­ti­ga­tion into pay­ments her cam­paign made for her husband’s secu­ri­ty ser­vices.
Bush’s cam­paign finance records, obtained by Axios, reveal her team paid near­ly $100,000 to law firms between Jan­u­ary and March. That report­ed­ly leaves her cam­paign with $528,000 and $91,000 in debt, while her Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry oppo­nent, Wes­ley Bell, has more than $1.1 mil­lion cash on hand and zero debt. Bush has main­tained her inno­cence dur­ing the DOJ’s inquiry into her.

Rep. Cori Bush, D‑Mo., speaks dur­ing a House Judi­cia­ry Com­mit­tee hear­ing with Depart­ment of Jus­tice Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Hur, Tues­day March 12, 2024, on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Mar­tin)

The Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er reached out to Bush’s office for com­ment.
Recent Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion fil­ings indi­cate Bush’s cam­paign has paid her hus­band, Cort­ney Mer­ritts, $15,000 this year, in addi­tion to the $135,000 he has got­ten since Jan­u­ary 2022. In total, Bush has spent more than $750,000 of cam­paign funds toward secu­ri­ty ser­vices.
The Depart­ment of Jus­tice began inves­ti­gat­ing Bush after she stopped cat­e­go­riz­ing pay­ments to Mer­ritts as secu­ri­ty but instead filed them as “wage expens­es.” Bush claimed she …