Gaetz ‘Improperly’ Sent Taxpayer Money To Ex-Trump Aide Ousted In Racism Scandal
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reportedly has “engaged in several spending practices in his nearly four years in office that appear to be in conflict with the House’s ethics rules,” including improperly sending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to a speech-writing consultant ousted from the White House amid a racism scandal.
- Politico reported on Wednesday that its investigation found Gaetz had “improperly sent $28,000 in taxpayer funds to a limited liability company connected to the speech-writing consultant, Darren Beattie, a former White House aide who was ousted after appearing at a convention known as a forum for racist and white supremacist views.”
- The Florida Republican conceded this payment and his aides told Politico “it was a clerical error that they are now working to reverse.”
- The news outlet noted that “House rules explicitly prohibit spending taxpayer dollars on speech-writing consultants.”
- This was not Gaetz’s only potential conflict with House rules:
In another possible violation, a private company installed a television studio in his father’s home in Niceville, Fla., which Gaetz uses when he appears on television. Taxpayers foot the bill to rent the television camera, and the private company that built the studio — which Gaetz refuses to identify — takes a fee each time he appears on air, his office said. It’s unclear how much it cost the private company to construct the studio.
Gaetz’s office reportedly denied wrongdoing in both cases, telling Politico that “the House Ethics Committee approved both arrangements but declined to produce any evidence that that was the case.”