Another day and another Democrat doing some super shady stuff.
It really should not surprise anyone that Democrats are pilfering from the American people, but shockingly it still is a mystery to some.
Who knows, maybe one day everyone will realize that the majority of politicians do not care about the average American, but till then I will just continue to report on who has been caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia made more outside income than Senate regulations allow but claims everything is legal.
The document According to Warnock’s most recent financial disclosure form, he earned $155,000 from Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
According to the Free Beacon, this is much in excess of the $30,000 maximum.
According to the report, Warnock claims the payment was delayed compensation for work with the church before he was sworn into the Senate in January 2021.
The assertion was described as “entirely fabricated” by Andrew Kerr of the Free Beacon, who stated that anything from the period the senator claimed he was owed money should have been declared in his 2021 financial disclosure form.
NEW: Raphael Warnock used a sketchy accounting loophole to evade outside income limits in 2022.
He claimed $125k in "deferred compensation" for work he did for his church before 2021.
There’s just one problem: The arrangement seems entirely fabricated.https://t.co/28Q5s4d01G
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) August 22, 2023
According to the publication, it also searched the church’s financial papers and discovered no mention of any such payment for 2020 or 2021.
The arrangement piqued the interest of Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.
“If it was inaccurately reported on his filing and the money was actually earned after he became a senator, then the outside earned income limit would apply,” Arnold told the Free Beacon.
“In that case, the legal issue that would arise (in addition to exceeding the outside income limit) is filing inaccurate or false information on a personal financial disclosure, i.e. wrongly saying it was deferred compensation when it wasn’t,” she said.
According to the Free Beacon, Warnock employed a “creative accounting trick” in 2021 when he claimed $89,000 of the church’s $120,000 was spent for a “parsonage allowance” to assist in maintaining his property.
According to the outlet, neither the senator nor Ebenezer Baptist Church responded to calls for comment.
According to Pete McGinnis, communications director for the Functional Government Initiative, the findings necessitate an investigation.
If an investigation is launched, it will be the second to focus on the church and Warnock.
According to WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger investigated the Ebenezer Building Foundation’s “nonprofit” status last fall after it failed to register as a charitable organization.
On the foundation’s 2020 IRS Form 990, Warnock is identified as the principal officer.
According to the senator’s financial disclosure papers, his income in 2022 will be $996,000, with $174,0000 coming from his congressional pay, according to the Free Beacon.
Warnock earned $656,000 in book royalties last year, with no Senate restriction.