Days Before Election, Warnock Lands in Hot Water – FEC Filing Shows Senator May Be Funneling Campaign Funds into Childcare
By Ben Dutka|November 1, 2022
Days Before Election, Warnock Lands in Hot Water – FEC Filing Shows Senator May Be Funneling Campaign Funds into Childcare

The Georgia Senate race between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker has never been tighter. Most polls show this critical race is now a “toss-up.”

However, other surveys indicate that Walker has pulled into the lead, which is cause for concern for Democrats. Sen. Warnock once held a healthy advantage during the summer.

Now, the incumbent faces another serious problem — and just days before voting kicks off.

Neither candidate can afford much bad press at this point. In the past few weeks, the GOP’s Walker has worked hard to push past the allegations of pressuring women into abortions.

He appears to have kept his momentum despite that potential scandal, though. And now Warnock has his own hurdle to clear:

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, Sen. Warnock took over $60,000 in campaign funds and funneled it into personal childcare. If accurate, this could be a direct violation.

Via The Daily Wire:

Warnock’s campaign, according to the filings, spent a total of $61,959.40 for items listed as ‘childcare’ — with several payments going directly to specific childcare providers and a number of payments going to an organization called ‘Bright Start Nanny Service.’

For the record, the FEC does allow payments for childcare to come from campaign funds. But that typically refers to one-time payments for specific events.

In this case, it looks like Warnock is using those campaign funds to pay for most of his childcare expenses.

On top of that, only one of the 33 payments was labeled “childcare expenses,” while the biggest single payment – over $11,000 – went to the Senator himself. That was called “childcare reimbursement.”

This isn’t the first time Warnock has been accused of misusing campaign funds.

And it comes at a particularly bad time for the Democrat, who can ill-afford a possible scandal. The polls are extremely tight right now.

Even one or two points in the wrong direction, and Herschel Walker could take the upset victory.

Midterm voting is just about a week away and if voters view this campaign fund issue in a negative light, that might swing the polling.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sen. Raphael Warnock might’ve misused campaign funds for personal childcare expenses.
  • FEC filings say he took over $60K in funding, and one big payment ($11K) reportedly went directly to Warnock.
  • The race between Warnock and Walker in Georgia is a virtual tie, though some polls show Walker in the lead.

Source: The Daily Wire

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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