Four left-wing congressmen known as “the Squad” spend the most money on personal security despite advocating the abolition of the police force, data shows.
According to Federal Election Commission reports, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Cori Bush (MO) thousands to private security.
Between April 15 and June 28 of this year, Bush spent more than nearly $70,000 of her campaign money on personal security.
AOC’s campaign raised at least $4,636 at Tullis Worldwide Protection for “security services” between January and June.
Other clients of the Virginia-based company include the royal families of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the owner’s website.
Pressley spent about $7,500. She spent more than $4,000 in the first quarter of 2021 and more than $3,500 in the second quarter on security spending. While some of her spending was local, she hired a company in Virginia in January and a company in Washington, DC, in March.
Omar was the most frugal, spending just $2,800 in its second quarter. All of her spending was local to St. Paul and nearby Ramsey, Minnesota.
Between April 15 and June 28, Cori Bush (MO) spent more than nearly $70,000 of her campaign money on personal safety, nearly $20,000 above the median household income for residents of her district.
AOC (D-NY) spent less on security and more on local spending. In its first quarter, approximately $35,000 of Ocasio-Cortez’s local spending went to businesses with Brooklyn addresses, despite representing parts of the Bronx and Queens.
In its first quarter of 2021, Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) spent more than $4,000 and more than $3,500 in the second quarter. While some of her spending was local, she hired a Virginia company in January and a Washington, D.C. company in March.
In her second quarter, Rep. Illhan Omar (D-MN) $2,800 off. All of her spending was local to St. Paul and nearby Ramsey, Minnesota.
Bush previously said she will continue to spend thousands of dollars on personal security because she feared for her life, but at the same time reiterated her call to relieve the police.
“I’m going to make sure I have security because, I know, I’ve had attempts on my life,” Bush told CBS News in an interview outside the Capitol. “And I have too much work to do, there are too many people who need help right now to allow that.”
“So if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend $10 more on it — you know what, I get to be here to do the job,” she added.
The Squad believes that downgrading the police force would prevent the deaths of the likes of Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor.
She and Presley are sponsors of the People’s Response Act, which aims to transform the approach to public safety in our country by creating a Public Safety Department within the Ministry of Health and Services.
The law would provide $7.5 billion in grants to state and local governments, as well as community organizations, to fully fund public safety and improve crisis response.
In addition, Pressley sponsored the BREATH Act, which honors the lives of those stolen by police and state-sanctioned violence, such as Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and countless others.
The law allocates new money to build healthy, sustainable and just communities, in addition to depriving federal resources of incarceration and policing.
Bush, along with AOC, Omar and Pressley, also supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, passed by the House last summer.
A woman is arrested during a ‘Defund the Police’ protest outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art during New York’s MET Gala on Sept. 13