Rep. Cori Bush (R-MO), one of the remaining Democrats advocating defunding the police, has spent $393,417.67 in campaign cash for private security this election cycle, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
During the 2022 second quarter election cycle, Bush spent $89,265.67 on his private security. His nearly $90,000 in campaign security is more than $50,000 more than his campaign’s second-largest expense for fundraising services, Fox News reported.
About two-thirds of its second-quarter security spending went to a security agency that frequently posts against gun control laws, while the rest went to two people who share an address with the Bush campaign. .
Fox News detailed:
Peace Security, whose Facebook page is littered with anti-gun checkpoints, was the biggest recipient of Bush’s security money, raising nearly $60,000 from his campaign. The remaining money went to Courtney Merrits and Nathaniel Davis, whose address reported in the documents is the same as the Bush campaign headquarters.
The $89,265.67 spent in the second quarter brought his spending on security for the 2022 campaign to $393,417.67.
Bush spent the most campaign cash on security of any other member of his “Squad.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) campaign reported $3,000 on private security, Rep. Ayanna Presley (D-MA) spent $7,000, and Rep. Rashida Talib (D-MI) reported $1,500. In contrast, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not report campaign spending for private security.
After Bush campaign spending on private security was first reported in July 2021, Bush made his case for defunding the police while spending tens of thousands of dollars on private security.
“Would you prefer that I die? Do you prefer that I die? Is that what you want to see? Do you want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative,” Bush told CBS.
“I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet right now,” he added.
Although many Democrats abandoned the “defund the police” slogan after polls found the move highly unpopular with voters, Bush is one of the few Democrats to defend the policy.
Speaking to Axios, Bush said he “absolutely” feels pressure from his Democratic colleagues in Congress to drop the slogan, adding that “colleagues have approached him” about it.
“I always say [fellow Democrats]’If everyone had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things,'” Bush told Axios.