Rep. Cori Bush Spent Nearly $400k on Private Security

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    In the 2022 quarter-two election, Bush spent $89,265.67 on her personal security service. The nearly $90,000 she spent for security at the campaign was more than $50,000 higher than the second-highest expenditure her campaign has made on fundraising services, Fox News reported.

    About two-thirds of Bush's second-quarter security expenditures was allocated to a security organization which frequently makes posts in opposition to gun control laws. The remainder went to two individuals with an address with the Bush campaign.

    Fox News detailed:

    Peace Security, whose Facebook page is brimming with anti-gun control messages is the largest recipient of Bush's security money taking in more than $60,000 . The campaign also benefited from the money. The rest of the cash went towards Courtney Merrits and Nathaniel Davis, whose address on the records is the same address as Bush's headquarters.

    The $89,265.67 that was spent on the 2nd quarter of the year brought her security expenses for 2022's campaign to $393,417.67.

    Bush used the most campaign money on security of any of the “Squad” members.

    Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) campaign announced $3,000 in private security. Rep. Ayanna Presley (D-MA) has spent $7,700 as did Rep. Rashida Talib (D-MI) disclosed $1,500. In contrast, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reported no campaign expenditures for private security.

    Following the time that Bush's spending on private security detail was initially disclosed on July 20, 2021, Bush stood up for her cause to defund the police, while spending tens of thousands dollars for private security.

    “They would prefer I die? Would you rather see me die? Do you really want to see that? That's because that's the other option.” Bush told CBS.

    “I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet right now,” she said.

    While a lot of Democrats have resisted this “defund the police” slogan after polls found that the policy was extremely unpopular among people, Bush is one of the few Democrats who is still advocating for the policy.

    According to Axios, Bush said she “absolutely” feels the pressure from her Democrat colleagues in Congress to end the slogan. She added that she's “had colleagues walk up to” her over the issue.

    “I always tell [fellow Democrats], ‘If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn't have to say these things,'” Bush stated to Axios.

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