According to reporting by Fox News Digital, Democratic Rep. Cori Bush’s campaign funneled thousands of dollars to her husband for private security services in recent months.
The Missouri Democrat’s Committee paid Bush’s husband, Cortney Merritts, $12,500 between January and the end of March, according to newly released filings from her campaign.
During that time, the “squad” member also transferred $26,000 to PEACE Security, a St. Louis-based private security company that employs several “security operators” with law enforcement or military experience, despite her opposition to either career path.
Bush was the largest private security funder in Congress, which she asserts is necessary because of the attempts on her life.
Since 2019, Bush has spent over half a million dollars on personal security, with most of the funds going to PEACE Security.
Meanwhile, Bush and Merritts tied the knot in February; confirming the news of their union, the Missouri Democrat’s office insisted the couple had been together before Bush took office in 2021 —over a year before she added him to her campaign payroll in January 2022.
Last year, Merritts received $50,000 from Bush’s committee while it paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to a private security company.
Despite the payments, Bush’s husband did not have the required security license as of February, the license necessary to carry out private security services in St. Louis and St. Louis County, which make up Bush’s Congressional District.
Merritts also did not appear in Washington DC’s database of licensed security professionals.