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Matt Gaetz said his “travel record” exonerated him. Not so fast.
Caroline Breman Last week, when it was first revealed that Congressman Matt Gaetz was investigating sexual involvement with a 17-year-old man, Florida Republicans said his travel records would exempt him. I did. Gates told Tucker Carlson on Fox News a week ago. “The New York Times talks about traveling with a 17-year-old woman, which is definitely wrong. What Gates knew or should have known was at least his private life. However, there is no such public record, but, in the submission of the campaign. In all Matt Gaetz’s revelations last week, the Justice Department funded the elections for the Florida Republican’s personal expenses. There was news that they were investigating the potential use of the. And the reality of these election funding reports is that they raise more questions than they can answer about these alleged scandals. The spending surrounding him simply doesn’t say what he wants to say, “he told The Daily Beast for the responsibility and ethics of Washington, a civil communications director and watcher of the Jordan Ribowitz election fund. “One is that the report does not provide any specific information, and secondly, it is not clear whether he even says that his campaign submission would exempt him. Gates As you know, there is no information in his campaign filings to prove that he has never participated in sex rings or paid for travel. Minors, but His filings show that Gates had a close relationship with Joel Greenberg, a tax collector in Seminol County, who was charged with sexual intercourse. Daily Beast said last week. On Sunday, September 2, 2018, Greenberg reported asking one person. Mr Greenberg was a tax office employee to create a Gates emergency driver’s license that stated he had lost his identity card the night before. Number of members. ”Greenberg wrote in the text, but Gates is not a resident of Seminor County. According to the initial information on the county driver’s license website, the office “only processes” Seminole County Residents “for all driver’s license or ID card services. There are no exceptions. The site tells applicants that if they are unable to provide proof of residence, they will not be provided with a driver’s license or ID card service ticket. The website also reveals that the county office “is not directly affiliated with the local state of Florida.” Seminole County is located in the heart of the suburbs of Orlando, hours from the Panhandle district of Getz. That Monday was Workers’ Day, and Congressman was catching Tuesday’s flight back to DC after campaigning across his home district for his November reelection. : A $ 439.91 charge to the Luxury Rosen Center Hotel paid on September 28 as part of the campaign’s monthly credit card charge. You will not know the exact date of your stay unless Gates creates a receipt or DOJ creates a subpoena. “It makes sense that he had to get an ID,” Libowitz said. “But I don’t know why a sitting MP can’t do it himself in his county and why he has to hire a friend to do it for him,” Libowitz told The. As mentioned, The Daily Beast, Filing is not a complete story. “Campaign finance can only be used for election efforts. Therefore, under the theory that he went to Orlando to illegally obtain a license, he would file a difficult proceeding, that is, state law. It’s appropriate to use your campaign to avoid it, “he said. “And that’s not straightforward.” According to The Daily Beast’s review, the Gates Campaign Commission (a friend of Matt Gates) has spent the past four years on airfares of about $ 57,000, accommodations of $ 57,000, and other trips. I spent $ 9,000 and $ 40,000 on gifts. , And about $ 24,000 for meals. All of these costs can be justified. The Gates campaign did not answer The Daily Beast’s question about spending. However, when DOJ looks at the election fund report, it can be difficult to explain many charges. Perhaps the most mysterious is one of his lowest parking fees. During the break in August 2018, Getz’s car is at the airport. On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Gates paid $ 382 to check out the Republic Parking Garage at his hometown of Pensacola International Airport. The highest rate at the time was $ 11 a day, indicating that the car had been parked for over a month. (The garage manager in question told The Daily Beast that their system wasn’t multiple cars because they could only run one car at a time with a ticket.) Filing was paid by Getz himself. And he was refunded later that day. In particular, in the four-year financial record, the Gaetz campaign does not pay parking fees elsewhere. “That’s strange,” says Libowitz. “Maybe he will let someone drop him off or use the shuttle or Uber. And why will Gates be refunded if someone picks up the car? The Gates campaign starts in July 2018. Gates himself prepaid for his first visit at the FEC filing show at the 4-star Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, and then refunded by the campaign. However, the only public report on campaign-related Gates sightings in the region was when he addressed the Freedom Forum in Newport Beach on October 26, 2020. FEC filings. Reflects the $ 475 payment to the resort three weeks later. Brendan Fisher, director of federal reform at the campaign legal center, a government oversight agency, said the FEC was the first campaign on the campaign, not just on the date. He told Daily Beast that he wanted to clarify the trading date. The invoice was paid. Gates used public records to clear himself unless he disclosed a specific date and spending. You can’t. “This is something FEC should catch,” Fisher said. “It’s hard to tell face-to-face who was traveling for what purpose. Therefore, when it’s very difficult to tell the difference between legal costs and the use of personal funds by public reporting alone. “There is,” Fisher said, “these anomalies are” like what prosecutors are trying to see. ” Use of election funds prohibited by federal law. “If DOJs are investigating election funding spending, they are very likely to look for documents to support their expenses and repayments,” Fisher said. “Although election funds are allowed to be used to pay for travel and office expenses, they are not allowed to be used as a slush fund for’Sugar Daddy’. One of the spending items that has surged recently is statutory costs. In June 2020, the month following Greenberg’s first indictment, Gates paid law firm Venable LLP $ 38,000. That’s almost four times the amount paid to law firms in the last five years. Since Greenberg was indicted, the campaign has paid at least $ 64,400 for legal affairs. The Salon reported in October that the Trump organization seemed to have reduced Gates’ illegal lover trade for accommodation at the Trump International Hotel. Gates later told Florida Phoenix, “I don’t think I stayed there,” between $ 216.20 and $ 261.47, which was specially designated for accommodation on part of the August 27 credit card bill. Two separate bills said, “The campaign immediately submitted a correction report that changed the payment date for three consecutive days from July 27th to 29th and changed it to another date on August 1st. Was also exchanged. “Meal” is “accommodation”. The deleted Instagram photo showed Gates in the hotel lobby on August 27, the original payment date. Also, on August 27, Gates arrived at the hotel with something that looked like a suit. $ 14,000 for the November 8, 2019 event for the signature of Donald Trump Jr.’s book at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Gates parliamentary clerk Ali Thomas appears to have joined the trip, with nearly $ 1,000 reimbursed for travel expenses. Thomas began his year as an intern at $ 57 a day and became Chief Operating Officer at $ 84,000 by November 1. salary. She still holds that position. This was the only campaign to refund her, according to the FEC report. Again, there’s nothing unpleasant about submitting a Gates campaign. However, many of his most suspicious spending may require additional explanation, given the information that DOJ is investigating his campaign spending as part of a larger investigation. But even if all of his submissions are legal, they certainly want him to travel for the purpose of illegal sexual encounters, especially if those costs may have been paid privately. I will not exempt him from the claim that he paid at the age of 17. These issues may be the least of Gates’ concerns, but even if they are difficult to prove, they can still help make you feel bad. Liebowitz was convicted of Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in January 2020 for diverting hundreds of thousands of election funds for personal use. His organization, CREW, is a survey initiated with complaints about election funding. As we did, going back many years, “Libowitz said. “There are limits to what we can learn from financial statements, and without a subpoena or a clear explanation from him, I don’t think we can find a gun that smokes in either direction, but my specialty. In experience, MPs who do one bad thing tend to do a lot of bad things. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. More Learn more.