Missouri Representative Cori Bush has spent nearly $ 70,000 on private security in the past three months while advocating for police funding, campaign documents show.
The Bush campaign sent $ 54,120.92 in payments between April 15 and June 28 for “security services” to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York-based company with a mysterious online presence, according to records from the Federal Election Commission released Thursday. The Democrat’s campaign also paid Nathaniel Davis $ 15,000 for “security services” during the same period.
The $ 69,120 in security payments accounted for more than a third of Bush’s $ 197,000 campaign spending in the second quarter, according to FEC records. It’s also nearly double what his campaign spent on private security in the first quarter of 2021.
RS&T’s website is no longer active, but a cached version of its now-defunct website shows the group providing “executive protection officers” who provide “first-class executive protection and security for national and international personalities “.
Meanwhile, the address Davis gave in the documents is the same as Bush’s campaign headquarters.
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While the Bush campaign distributed tens of thousands of people to private security, a luxury most Americans cannot afford, the Missouri Democrat was both a major critic of law enforcement and the one of the most ardent advocates of police funding. Bush has mentionned that police funding is not a “radical” idea, and she congratulated Saint-Louis in April on its “historic” vote for police funding.
“Today’s decision to fund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic,” Bush said in a statement at the time. “This marks a new future for our city. For decades, our city has pumped more and more money into our police service under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe.
The Bush campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the payments.
The most recent payments aren’t the first time the Bush campaign has spent on security this year. In the first three months of the year, his committee injected $ 35,000 into such services with RS&T, Davis and Whole Armor Executive Protection, a Maryland-based company.
Bush also funneled taxpayer dollars into the security details. In June, the Daily Caller reported that Bush’s congressional office spent $ 880 on a protection day with RS&T as the company collected checks for its campaign.
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Other members of the “squad,” such as Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, also spent campaign money on personal details while advocating. for police funding.
These three, however, spent far less money on security than Bush. In the second quarter, Ocasio-Cortez spent just over $ 4,000, Omar paid $ 2,800 and Pressley paid $ 3,500 for protection, according to FEC records.
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