VIDEO: Squad Member Caught Stealing Money
According to a review of records by Fox News Digital, Rep. Cori Bush’s recent campaign allocated thousands of dollars to her newly-wed husband for the provision of private security services.
Newly released filings from Rep. Cori Bush’s campaign reveal that her committee directed $12,500 to her husband, Cortney Merritts, from January through March. Additionally, during this same period, the Missouri Democrat transferred $26,000 to PEACE Security, a St. Louis-based security company that employs security personnel with military or law enforcement backgrounds. This is notable as Rep. Bush has previously expressed opposition to such security operators, according to the company’s website. Rep. Bush is a member of the ‘Squad.’
It’s important to remember the Cori Bush was one of the largest voices in the Democrat party that was pushing the “defund the police” movement.
Rep. Cori Bush has been one of the highest spenders in Congress on private security, citing the need for protection due to reported attempts on her life. Her personal detail has primarily been provided by PEACE Security, with over half a million dollars spent on this security arrangement since 2019.
Rep. Cori Bush and Cortney Merritts got married in February of this year, but according to her office, they were together prior to her taking office in 2021. Merritts was added to her campaign’s payroll in January 2022, more than a year after they began their relationship. In 2021, while Merritts collected $50,000 from her committee, it also paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a private security firm.
Cortney Merritts did not possess a private security license, despite the significant payments made by Rep. Cori Bush’s campaign for security services. In St. Louis and its neighboring St. Louis County, which encompasses Rep. Bush’s entire congressional district, individuals are required to obtain a permit in order to perform security functions.
When reporters confronted Bush about her use of excessive security, she responded saying, “They would rather I die? You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative.”
In a separate video, Bush defended spending campaign money on security again and even said, “So suck it up, and defunding the police has to happen.”
Cori Bush: I’m going to make sure I have private security but defunding the police needs to happen. pic.twitter.com/6jbv4HLlGs
— Mike Berg (@MikeKBerg) August 5, 2021