Democratic Senate incumbent Raphael Warnock has spent $60,000 dollars from his campaign fund to pay for childcare, including $11,000 to himself that he describes as reimbursement for childcare he paid for.
Did he need someone to watch his kids while he was evicting people that owed him less than $29 bucks? The more I know about this guy, the less I like him. Let’s hope the good people of Georgia agree with me.
Senator Warnock’s campaign, Warnock for Georgia, paid out $61,959.40 from 2020 to 2022 to pay for child care. There were 33 payments made, but only one of them is listed as childcare expenses (campaign-related) and the other 32 simply said child care. Most of the payments listed childcare providers, but one for $11,847.40 was paid directly to Warnock for “childcare reimbursement.” Candidates are allowed to use campaign funds for childcare if those expenses are a direct result of attending a campaign event.
But, FEC regulations forbid campaigns from spending on childcare that would be necessary regardless of whether there is a campaign event or not. According to the Daily Wire, Warnock appeared to be paying for childcare that was not necessarily campaign-related. Warnock nor his campaign responded to the inquiry made by The Blaze.
A July article by OpenSecrets reported how much campaign money federal candidates have used on childcare services during the 2022 election as of March. FEC filings revealed that candidate Tamika Hamilton (R), running for California’s sixth congressional district, used over $36,000 in campaign funds for childcare expenses. California Representative Eric Swalwell (D) also made the top of the list for using over $35,000 in campaign funds for childcare.
Hamilton told OpenSecrets that she received criticism for using donor funds to cover childcare expenses.
“I can’t imagine how many people are missing out on good leadership simply because they can’t afford it,” Hamilton stated.
The FEC held an open meeting in July to consider new regulations regarding campaign money after Swalwell requested if funds could be used for childcare expenses when campaigning or traveling overnight. The FEC concluded that the funds could be used for childcare if the expenses were incurred as a result of being on the campaign trail.
The shame of it is, this will not be an issue for the 2022 election, coming just one week before the vote. The election will be long over before anything is settled.
Warnock has never addressed the fact that he and his church were evicting people who owed on average just $125 dollars, with one as low as $28 and change, while at the same time wanting to require landlords to forego thousands in unpaid rent ostensibly because of the pandemic. Let’s face it, he is too extreme for the people of Georgia.