Radical Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI) received a $2500 donation this year from a Palestinian Michigan man who died ten years ago.
According to the Free Beacon, Rashida Tlaib’s campaign committee for Congress received a contribution from a man named George S. Farah, a Michigan real estate developer who moved to the US from Palestine in the mid-50’s.
The kicker? Mr. Farah died from heart failure in 2009 according to a Michigan Live article published when he passed away.
The Free Beacon reported:
On June 22, Tlaib’s campaign received a $2,500 donation in his name, Federal Election Commission filings show. A search of public records, which also state that he is deceased, provides an address identical to the one written on the contribution to Tlaib’s campaign committee. Grand Blanc Township property records also show that the residence located at that address is registered in Farah’s name along with that of his widow.
Tlaib is the sole federal politician to receive a donation in Farah’s name for the 2020 election cycle. In the past, Rep. Dan Kildee (D., Mich.) has also received contributions from Farah following his passing. Kildee, who first ran for the House of Representatives during the 2012 election cycle, was given $1,400 in total contributions in Farah’s name between 2011 and 2017. The two Democratic Michigan representatives are the only federal politicians who received money in Farah’s name for the past 10 years.
Tlaib’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Rep. Kildee’s campaign, however, did.
“Gisele Farah is the sole beneficiary of a trust in her late husband’s name, George S. Farah Sr., who passed away in 2009,” the spokesman said. “Since his death, Gisele Farah, as the sole beneficiary in control of the trust, has contributed to the campaign with funds from her trust. Our campaign’s records have been amended to clarify that the campaign contributions were from Gisele Farah and should be designated under her name.”
It is a violation of federal law to make campaign contributions in the name of another person.
The Free Beacon reported that while in some circumstances people make political committees part of their estates, Mr. Farah did not appear to give donations to any federal politicians prior to passing, based on a search of records.