Crime

Defeated Congresswoman Spent Thousands After Losing Election

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, whose murder of the English language everyone loved to make fun of, is currently on trial for corruption charges. But she just got some more bad news. It was disclosed in court that in addition to the twenty-five counts of misappropriation of funds she is facing, there could be additional charges.

The new charges stem from a disclosure reported in the Washington Free Beacon, that the campaign committee of former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., spent thousands on hotels and small travel expenses after she was defeated in the Democratic primary last year. Brown, who lost to former Florida state Sen. Al Lawson in the August 2016 primary, spent $11,278 on “lodging” a month later at a Marriot Hotel in Bethesda, Md.

BrownIn addition to the hotel expenditures, financial reports made availible from the campaign committee disclosed three “petty cash” transactions totaling more than $2,000 during the two-week span between October 16 and November 4. Other expenditure showed that another $185 was also spent on travel expenses in Houston, Texas and Jacksonville, Fla. The records also showed what, at least on the surface appeared to be more justifiable expenditures of several thousands dollars that were spent on typical campaign transactions. Those items included such things as payments to campaign vendors.

Browns career as a “public servant” has been under a microscope other times in the past, dating back to the late 1990’s. Ms. Browns flamboyant lifestyle and questionable use of campaign donations, nepotism and alleged personal enrichment while representing one of the more depressed segments of Florida’s population has led to other court cases. One such case involved a daughter who was employed by the EPA for about $47,000 a year despite having no previous experience.

Later that daughter received, as a “gift”, a Lexus valued at about 46,000 dollars from an associate of a West African millionaire. The same man that her mother had been lobbying on behalf of trying to get an associate out of Federal custody after he tried to bribe a customs official. .

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