Tlaib’s campaign received a donation from a man who had died in 2009.
By World Israel News Staff
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) received a donation during the second quarter in the name of a Michigan businessman who died over 10 years ago.
The Free Beacon reviewed campaign and online records and discovered that among contributions to Tlaib’s campaign committee between April 1 and June 30 was one from George S. Farah Sr., “a Michigan businessman, real estate developer, and community leader who made his way from Palestine to the United States in the mid-1950s.”
Farah died from heart failure on Feb. 1, 2009.
On June 22, Tlaib’s campaign received a $2,500 donation in Farah’s name, according to Federal Election Commission filings, the Free Beacon reports.
Public records show that the address of the deceased is identical to that written on the contribution to Tlaib’s campaign. The residence is registered in the name of Farah and his widow Gisele.
The Free Beacon notes that “federal law prohibits making campaign contributions in the name of another individual.”
“It is illegal to make a campaign contribution in the name of another person and a campaign must ensure all donor information is reported accurately,” Kendra Arnold told the Free Beacon. She is executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.
“The requirement of accurate disclosure of campaign contributors is important to inform voters of the source of campaign funds, prevent corruption, and ensure individuals are contributing within the legal limits,” she said.
Tlaib’s campaign told the Free Beacon:
“Gisele Farah is the sole beneficiary of a trust in her late husband’s name, George S. Farah Sr., who as you noted passed away in 2009. Gisele Farah, as the sole beneficiary in control of the trust, contributed to our campaign with funds from her trust. We will amend our campaign records and filings to clarify that the campaign contribution was from Gisele Farah and should be designated under her name.”