House Ethics Committee orders Rashida Tlaib to repay $10,800 to campaign

House Ethics Committee, after reviewing more than 600 pages of documents and interviewed five witnesses to determine the nature of the payments that occurred between Nov. 16  and Dec. 1, 2018, has concluded that Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been ordered to repay $10,800 to her campaign committee to account for the salary she had paid herself after she was elected to Congress in 2018.

“The committee did not find that she sought to unjustly enrich herself by receiving the campaign funds at issue,” reads a statement from the House Ethics Committee on Friday. “Indeed, during her campaign, Representative Tlaib received a conservative amount of campaign funds, well below the legal threshold for the maximum amount of salary she was eligible to receive; these payments allowed her to forego her salary from her full-time employment so that she could fully participate in campaign activities.”

“However, because she received some of those funds, totaling $10,800, for time periods in which she was no longer a congressional candidate, those funds were inconsistent with [the campaign law’s] personal use restrictions,” the committee continued.