The cycle of financial fraud continues among Democrats as yet another politician is caught in a money laundering scheme.
After another successful campaign, Luis Gutierrez remains House Representative for Illinois’s 4th district. In the wake of his reelection it’s been revealed that he has funneled more than $400,000 of campaign money to his wife over the years. (via FreeBeacon)
Gutierrez has been in the news this month for his fiery statements from the pulpit of Chicago’s Lincoln United Methodist Church. There he bashed Trump for his illegal immigration policies, calling Trump a “criminal” and that he would “not allow Donald Trump and all of his cronies… to determine the future of 1.2 million people [illegal immigrants].” (via Washington Times)
He vowed to be part of what he thinks will be a future Democratic majority in the House saying that he and other Democrats would “make sure of one thing, that we write those articles of impeachment and take him to trial before the Senate and eliminate him as president of the United States of America.” (via Washington Times)
Rather bold words for a man engaged in laundering the money of his supporters to his wife.
His wife, Soraida Gutierrez, has been compensated for her work as the campaign’s office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser since elections in 2010. This last election, Mrs. Gutierrez received $30,000 from campaign funds, representing over 40 percent of all expenses. Over the span of 7 years she has received more than $400,000 of campaign finances.
This scandal comes after the recent scandal of another Democrat, Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO) who was revealed to have laundered $80,000 to his sister using his own campaign funds.
The origination of these schemes goes back to former Representative Jesse Jackson (D-IL) asking the Federal Election Commission to approve the practice of members of Congress having family members on their campaign payrolls in 2001. The practice was approved and Representative Jackson would later pay his wife’s firm hundreds of thousands of dollars using campaign funds.
Several Democrats have been caught laundering money to their family members? Should this be allowed?
In 2013 Jackson became a felon sentenced to 30 months in prison when he pled guilty to laundering $750,000 to his wife’s firm and for defrauding the IRS $580,000 in taxes. According to the judge, the funds were used for lavish personal expenses. “The inescapable fact is that you and Sandra Jackson used campaign funds to sustain a lifestyle that you cannot afford.” (via New York Times)
The decision by the FEC to allow family members onto the campaign payrolls of Congressmen has opened the floodgates for Democrats to funnel money to their own pockets at the expense of voters. Regardless of whether they win the election or not, hundreds of thousands of dollars are entering their bank accounts and it’s considered perfectly legal for the most part. Those Democrats who have high odds of winning can rake in thousands of dollars while spending very little on their actual campaigns.
The financial schemes of Democrats need to stop and the campaign money needs to be put to proper use. No one should be allowed to launder money for their own personal use and the government should overturn the FEC’s decision to permit it.