(RightIsRight.co) – Raphael Warnock, the first-term Democrat US Senator from Georgia, has spent almost $62,000 from his campaign funds to pay child support to his former wife, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Warnock joined the US Senate in January 2021 after winning a special election to serve two years remaining from a six-year term. He is presently running for reelection in the midterm elections in November.
FEC filings show that Warnock’s campaign has paid $61,959.40 on childcare since 2020, Breitbart News reported.
The report emphasized that the commission’s rules regarding Warnock’s actions “are unclear.”
That is because the FEC does allow childcare expenses, but these usually go for care payments during day trips or overnight trips.
At the same time, though, Warnock seems to be funding the childcare payments solely by utilizing campaign funds.
It is noted that this isn’t the first time the Georgia Democrat has used campaign money to cover personal expenses – he has already done so for a personal lawsuit.
“[Sen. Warnock is] a devoted father who is proud to continue to co-parent his two children as he works for the people of Georgia,” his spokeswoman Meredith Brasher has previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Even so, the Democrat Senator’s childcare payments out of his campaign money have involved other issues since his former wife, Oluleye Ndoye, sued him to change the custody arrangement.
She has also claimed that Sen. Warnock had “failed and refused to reimburse” her for childcare expenses and that he is in “willful contempt” of the childcare agreement.
Ndoye has requested in court that she be granted additional custody over their two children because she is moving to Massachusetts to enroll in a Harvard University program.
Whenever Warnock had his children with him, he reportedly spent little time with them and left them with nannies. Thus, many of his campaign funds utilized for childcare have gone to Bright Start Nanny Services.
The Georgia Democrat’s filings with the Federal Election Commission show that he used campaign money for childcare in 2020. He stopped doing so for about a year after getting sworn into office in 2021.
However, Warnock resumed the controversial practice of using campaign funds to cover childcare expenses after Ndoye filed her complaint. Her lawsuit does cite the fact that he has had a higher income after becoming a United States Senator.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) has spent over $61,000 in campaign funds to pay for child support. https://t.co/HdTBHIYxaS
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 23, 2022