Michigan Democrats Receiving Donations from Man Who Died in 2009

Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and another congressperson from Michigan are facing scrutiny after they received a donation from a man who reportedly died a decade ago. 

“Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, hauled in donations of at least $2,000 from dozens of individuals between April 1 and June 30,” according to The Washington Free Beacon. “One of those contributions was from George S. Farah Sr., a Michigan businessman, real estate developer, and community leader who made his way from Palestine to the United States in the mid-1950s. Farah passed away on Feb. 1, 2009, from heart failure, according to a Michigan Live article published at the time of his death.”

The donation was reported in second quarter filings from this year.

Free Beacon reported that another Michigan Congressman, Dan Kildee, also a Democrat, received a donation from Farah after his death. That donation was for $1400 in the 2012 campaign cycle.

Farah did not donate to any politicians prior to his death.

The Tlaib campaign told Free Beacon that the donation under Farah’s name was simply an error, and that Farah’s wife was the actual donor.

“Gisele Farah is the sole beneficiary of a trust in her late husband’s name, George S. Farah Sr., who as you noted passed away in 2009,” her campaign reportedly said. “Gisele Farah, as the sole beneficiary in control of the trust, contributed to our campaign with funds from her trust. We will amend our campaign records and filings to clarify that the campaign contribution was from Gisele Farah and should be designated under her name.”

It is illegal to make an individual campaign contribution in the name of another person.

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