A top New York Democrat is suffering a backlash after having spent $29,000 on travel expenses even as he was loudly telling New Yorkers to stay home to “stop the spread” of the coronavirus.
According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee records, Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent the cash on “ground transportation” and “automobile expenses” in the last nine months of 2020, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The exorbitant spending included “nearly $20,000 in lease and insurance payments, more than $3,600 in collision repairs, nearly $2,200 in gas, more than $2,100 in rental car fees, and nearly $500 for a satellite radio subscription,” the Free Beacon added.
However, Maloney also halted personal campaign events with his voters in New York. Meanwhile he was loudly telling voters back home to accept the lockdowns to stem the tide of the coronavirus.
“Stay at home. Don’t go out if you don’t need to, minimize your contact with other people,” Maloney said in a radio interview. “If a member of your family is sick, the whole family’s got to stay home so we don’t go spread it.”
Now, some ethics experts are slamming Maloney.
Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, told the Beacon that Maloney’s expenditures raised “red flags” and that he “has a duty to explain” the expenditures.
“Candidates don’t have to link [disbursements] to a specific corresponding event,” Arnold added. “We generally look for spending that isn’t in the realm of a candidate in the same state or in a similar-sized district.”
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