Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT) has continually used her campaign money to pay tens of thousands of dollars to her family members since entering Congress, despite being arrested in February, the Daily reported. Call.
During the second fundraising quarter of 2022, her FEC fundraising report showed she paid her son David Crenshaw $1,245.65 with campaign funds – meaning that ‘she gave her son a total of $18,283.08 during his time in Congress.
It was first reported in February by the Daily Caller that Hayes was using his campaign to pay his son with “Friends of Jahana Hayes” campaign money. At the time, David Crenshaw had only received a total of $15,118.54.
Breitbart News reported at the time:
A report by The Daily Caller said a person named David Crenshaw had received payments in increments of $282.47 and $282.46 under the “payroll” category since Hayes was elected to Congress. The most recent payouts were in the fourth fundraising quarter of 2021. The amount her son has received from the campaign so far is $15,118.54.
Additionally, in 2018, the MP’s 28-year-old daughter, Asia Clermont, told the News-Times, “I told my class that my mom was the National Teacher of the Year and that my family had met President Obama.” She added: “And I thought that would be the highlight of his life and his career.”
The same report revealed that a person named Asia Clermont had received payments in increments of $361.33, $359.25 and $360.92 under the “payroll” category since Hayes was elected to Congress. The most recent payout was in the fourth fundraising quarter of 2021, where she received a total of $2,551.41. The amount her daughter has earned so far from the campaign stands at $21,299.03.
The Daily Caller noted that Hayes was doling out more than $700 a month for his daughter, Asia Clermont, in the first quarter of 2022. But, in the latest filing, which runs from April 1 to June 30, records show David Crenshaw is still just under $300 a month.
In the past, documents filed by the congresswoman with the FEC have also shown that she is even reimbursed for “petty cash”:
The FEC filing also showed the congresswoman reimbursed herself $250 for “petty cash,” which may have violated the law. The FEC has rules on petty cash refunds.
The FEC website clearly states that “A committee may make disbursements from a petty cash fund, but petty cash payments to an individual for a purchase or transaction cannot exceed $100.” Whether “a disbursement is made by check or from petty cash, the required record keeping information must be maintained”.
The disbursement must be identified by the date, the amount of the payment and the purpose of the disbursement. And for the disbursement over $200, which should have been paid by Hayes along with his $250 reimbursement, the “committee should retain a receipt, invoice, or canceled check (in addition to information for all disbursements).”
In February, when news broke that Hayes was using campaign money to pay for his children, his Republican challenger George Logan said he wanted the House Ethics Committee to investigate his children as part-time staff members.