'Squad' members advocate for abolishment of police while hiding behind more than $1 million of private security

WASHINGTON, DC – The "Squad" has been very vocal about their disdain and animosity for the law enforcement community since their arrival on the national stage.

Despite their calls to completely eliminate or significantly impact law enforcement and their ability to safeguard their communities, the members of the progressive group have spent more than $1.2 million on private security.

According to the New York Post, Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush outdistanced the spending of her counterparts by spending $736,748 since she first campaigned for election in 2019. Bush has drawn quite a bit of criticism after it was discovered that at least $75,000 was filtered to her husband.

According to Fox News, “the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) on Thursday sent a complaint to the FEC's acting general counsel, Lisa Stevenson, asking the commission to look into whether ‘Rep. Cori Bush and her campaign committee may have used campaign funds for personal use.’”

It is widely reported that Bush paid her husband, Cortney Merritts, for security service, despite the fact that he was not licensed to provide private security services, which is required in the St. Louis area.

Ironically, the progressive politician paid close to $400,000 to a conservative-owned, pro-Second Amendment security firm.

St. Louis-based Peace Security, LLC has a history of posting messages on social media that endorse gun ownership, concealed carry and self-defense, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Behind Bush in spending was Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, or AOC, as she is often called.

The bartender-turned-congresswoman form New York spent almost $275,000 on security. Part of that money included security upgrades to her district offices in Queens and the Bronx.

Per the Post, “Her expenses include nearly $2,000 for security system installations at her Queens and Bronx district offices, more than $20,000 on ‘internet’ or ‘digital’ security, $4,263 for office security equipment and $521 for what she noted in FEC records as ‘security barriers.’”

Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has tallied security expenses to the tune of just over $125,000.
Closing out the list of spending for the 8-member “Squad,” Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) spent $64,763; Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) $20,480; Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) $7,872; and Greg Casar (D-Texas) $1,570.
Summer Lee (D-Pa.) has yet to release spending records for security. Lee and Casar are both freshman members who joined Congress in January.

To add further insult to injury, the expenditures are above and beyond their existing tax-payer funded security details provided by the U.S. Capitol Police.

“Unfortunately, while they get their own taxpayer-funded security detail … on top of what they’re paying for out of pocket, their constituents do not and must rely on police or their Second Amendment rights that the squad also opposes,” said Zach Smith.

“They’re spending all this money for their security, but they are not worried about the security of their constituents,” Paul Kamenar, counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, told the Post.
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