Rep. Matt Gaetz has found himself in trouble for breaking House ethics rules by giving taxpayer funds to a private speechwriting consultant who once served as an aide to President Trump. The move is also troubling because the former aid was pushed out of the administration due to him speaking at an event with several white nationalists in 2018. Gaetz’s office is accused of sending Darren Beattie’s company, limited liability corporation, $28,000.
The report originated from POLITICO who pointed out, “House rules explicitly prohibit spending taxpayer dollars on speech-writing consultants.” Gaetz’s office is claiming that it was a “clerical error” that they were rectifying.
POLITICO also discovered that Gaetz has built a TV studio in his father’s home for TV appearances which are also an ethics violation. POLITICO wrote, “Taxpayers foot the bill to rent the television camera, and the private company that built the studio — which Gaetz refuses to identify — takes a fee each time he appears on air. It is unclear how much it cost the private company to construct the studio… This may run afoul of the House gift rule, which prohibits any lawmaker, aide, and their family members from accepting gifts worth more than $50.”
Gaetz said that the House Ethics Committee is okay with the tv studio but did not provide evidence of the approval. Gaetz could be in major trouble but we will have to see what the House Ethics Committee decides to do about the situation as it is still unfolding. We will keep an eye on this story.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com