Beto O’Rourke has already had to defend some rather questionable acts during his youth, but now he has to defend the fact his campaigns over the years have paid out about $110,000 to a business owned by himself and then his wife.
The payments don’t necessarily violate campaign finance laws. The stipulation, of course, is that the compensation for services isn’t out of the ordinary.
Stanton Street Technology Group, a web development company, was founded by Beto O’Rourke in 1998. When O’Rourke entered Congress in 2013, his wife, Amy, took over the company.
During the 2011-12 election cycle, the company was paid $58,544.
During the 2013-14 cycle, the company was paid $39,060.
During the 2015-16 cycle, it was paid $9,290.
During Beto’s Senate run against Sen. Ted Cruz, the company was paid $32,778.
All of these funds came out of the O’Rourke war chest. According to records, all of these payments were to cover “consulting” and “social media work.”
This is not the first time O’Rourke’s practices have been scrutinized. In 2013, O’Rourke reportedly purchased Twitter stock before the general public had the option of buying.
Watchdog agencies have already stated this is, in fact, a violation of House rules.
Additionally, O’Rourke was criticized by El Paso residents for recommending a housing development project that was proposed by his father-in-law.
Shockingly, as much as Democrats have called for investigations into Trump’s business practices, they aren’t interested in investigating O’Rourke’s own business practices.