Ted Lieu Is Asking The FEC To Investigate Trump’s Taxpayer-Funded 4th Of July Campaign Rally

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said he is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate Donald Trump for using taxpayer dollars to fund what was clearly a campaign event on the Fourth of July.

In a discussion with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Saturday, the Democratic lawmaker said Trump made a “mockery” of Independence Day.

“I’ve asked the Federal Election Commission to look into this,” Rep. Lieu said. “How can you have all of this taxpayer money, do this event and then have the Republican National Committee be involved in such a major way, handing out VIP passes to the major donors?”

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Members of Congress can’t even use official resources to participate in a parade. In this case, Trump diverted $2.5 million of national park fees to pay for his party, and I’ve asked the Federal Election Commission to look into this because how can you have all of this taxpayer money, do this event and then have the Republican National Committee be involved in such a major way, handing out VIP passes to the major donors.

Former ethics chief shreds Trump’s Fourth of July ‘campaign ad’

It’s not just Democrats in Congress who have expressed outrage over the president’s decision to turn the Fourth of July from a celebration of America to a celebration of Donald Trump.

Former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub blasted the event as a “taxpayer-funded campaign ad.”

“Your tax dollars coopted for the benefit of a man whose idea of public service is the public serving him,” Shaub said in a tweet. “Tens of millions effectively given to the Trump Campaign. This is what it was all about. This and revenue for his hotel.”

At the end of the day, it’s no surprise that Trump would use the presidency to enrich himself. He’s been doing it for more than two years, after all.

But the fact that he so brazenly did so on the Fourth of July – and used millions in taxpayer dollars in the process – should anger every American.

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