Missouri Rep. Cori Bush spent nearly $70,000 on private security over the past three months as she advocated for defunding the, campaign filings show.
Bush’s campaign sent $54,120.92 in payments between April 15 and June 28 for “security services” to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York-based firm with a mysterious online presence, Federal Election Commissionreleased Thursday show. The Democrat’s campaign also paid $15,000 to Nathaniel Davis for “security services” over the same time period.
The $69,120 in security payments accounted for more than a third of Bush’s $197,000 in campaign expenditures during the second quarter, the FEC records show. It’s also nearly double what her campaign spent on private security during the first quarter of 2021.
RS&T’s website is no longer active, but aversion of its now-defunct website shows that the group provides “executive protection agents” that provide “first class executive protection and security for national and international figures.”
Meanwhile, Davis’ reported address in theis the same as headquarters.
As Bush’s campaign dished out tens of thousands on private security, a luxury most Americans can’t afford, the Missouri Democrat was simultaneously a major critic of law enforcement and one of the most ardent advocates in favor of defunding the police. Bush hasthat defunding the police is not a “radical” idea, and she St. Louis in April for its “historic” vote to defund police.
“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic,” Bush said in a statement at the time. “It marks a new future for our city. For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe.”
Bush’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the payments.
The most recent payments are not the first time Bush’s campaign has spent on security this year. During the first three months of the year, her committee$35,000 into such services with RS&T, Davis and Whole Armor Executive Protection, a Maryland-based firm.
Bush has also funneled taxpayer cash toward security detail. In June, the Daily Callerthat Bush’s congressional office had spent $880 on a day of protection with RS&T as the firm was collecting checks from her campaign.
Othermembers, such as of New York, of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, also spent campaign cash on personal details while advocating for defunding the police.
Those three, however, have dropped much less money into security than Bush. During the second quarter, Ocasio-Cortez spent$4,000, Omar $2,800, and Pressley $3,500 for protection, FEC records show.