Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) has dumped nearly $70,000 into her own personal security over the past three months, all while calling for police to be defunded.
Between April 15 and June 28, Bush spent a whopping $54,120.92 in campaign funds to RS&T Security Consulting for “security services,” FOX News reported.
The transactions, as well as an additional $15,000 paid to Nathaniel Davis for “security services” during the same block of time, were included in the Federal Election Commission (FEC) records that were released July 22, according to the news outlet.
The FEC records indicate the anti-police Congresswoman spent a total of $197,000 in campaign expenditures between April 15 and April 20.
More than a third went towards “The Squad” member’s private security, which was nearly double what she doled out for security during the last quarter, FOX News reported.
While Bush was spending tens of thousands to ensure her own safety, she simultaneously called for law enforcement to be defunded.
When St. Louis lawmakers voted to defund the city’s police budget by $4 million and to eliminate nearly 100 vacant officer positions on April 29, Bush praised the move as a “historic” moment.
“For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe,” Bush declared in a statement at the time.
“The people have demanded a new approach to community safety — and from the Mayor’s office to the Halls of Congress, we were elected to deliver one,” she continued. “We have a mandate to fully fund our social services. To invest in our communities, not criminalize them. To end police violence. To provide alternatives to police like unarmed mental health professionals or social workers to respond to crisis calls. That is what organizers in our communities have fought for, that is what St. Louis has demanded, and that is what we, as elected officials, promised St. Louis.”
Bush said she is “incredibly proud” St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones endorsed the proposal to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD).
“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic,” the congresswoman wrote. “It marks a new future for our city.”
According to Statement of Disbursements of the House documents, taxpayers shelled out $880 to RSAT Security Consulting LLC on Feb. 19 to cover the anti-police congresswoman’s private security expenses for one single day, the Daily Caller reported.
Bush also used campaign funds to pay for another $32,602 in private security services the first three months of this year alone, the Daily Caller previously reported.
Bush lashed out at former President Barrack Obama in a tweet late last year after he criticized the “defund the police” slogan.
“With all due respect, Mr. President…we’re losing our loved ones to police violence,” Bush tweeted on Dec. 1, 2020. “It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police.”
She isn’t the only member of the U.S. House to demand police be defunded while simultaneously ensuring she has her own private security team.
Three other left-wing Democrat U.S. House representatives collectively known as “The Squad,” which includes Bush, have been doling out tens of thousands of dollars for their own private security.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Bush, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) spent a combined total of $79,559.81 on security services from January through March, the Daily Caller reported.
Bush’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment her private security payments, according to FOX News.
Former U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) slammed Bush’s hypocrisy on his “Sunday Night in America” show on July 25, FOX News reported.
“She wants to defund the police. She wants to defund your police, but not her police,” Gowdy told his viewers. “She spent nearly $70,000 on her own personal security last year. I don’t know about your city or state, but $70,000 would get your own personal police officer in South Carolina. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”
“Cori Bush tells us he is she is Progressive,” he added, “the better word might be hypocritical.”
“You look at neighborhoods where the violent crime is taking place it’s not country clubs and gated communities, it is neighborhoods that cannot afford to pay $70,000 for their own personal protection,” Gowdy said.
“If you care about the poor, help keep them alive. And keep their homes from being burglarized and property from being stolen,” he suggested.
But if Bush really wants to do away with law enforcement, she should be starting elsewhere.
“If you really want to defund the police, start with your own,” Gowdy said.