The Democratic presidential candidate, Beto O'Rourke, faces scrutiny after learning that his previous political campaigns paid about $ 110,000 to an Internet company he founded and his wife was running.
The former Texas congressman, who has three terms and who is today one of the leading candidates for 2020 alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Has long been criticized for alleged bribery practices, including the support of a real estate contract in El Paso, Texas, proposed by his wealthy father-in-law.
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According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), O'Rourke's political campaigns since 2011 have donated nearly $ 110,000 to Stanton Street Technology Group, a company founded by O'Rourke in 1998 and later headed by his wife Amy Sanders O'Rourke.
Payments to the company have been reported for the first time by the Daily Caller. Although these payments are not necessarily illegal, they raise questions as to whether the company has charged the market value for its services. Otherwise, it would violate campaign finance laws.
O'Rourke ceased to control the company in 2013 after being elected to Congress. His wife took over and controlled the company until 2017.
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But it seems that O'Rourke's 2020 campaign will no longer follow the tradition of using Stanton Street Technology Group at every election cycle, now that neither he nor his wife owns the company.
New CEO Brian Wancho told the Daily Caller that the 2020 campaign did not use the company for social media or web services, adding that it was unlikely that Mr. O. Rourke would act in a non-public way. ethic by paying society.
"What would be forbidden if the candidate was abusing the process and was paying too much for goods and services to enrich himself? [sic] or their family, "said Wancho.
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"I expect the combination of reports on campaign spending and investigative journalism to work together to eliminate situations in which the candidate is abusing the system."