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Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 presidential campaign committee appears to have been struck by thieves who stole more than $8,000 and spent the money on Airbnb bookings.
The unauthorized charges, disclosed this week in a letter to the Federal Election Commission, are the latest in a string of thefts that have recently befallen political committees of all stripes.
Thieves stole at least $2.7 million from federal committees during the last election cycle alone, Insider reported in February. Among the committees hit: President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the Wisconsin Republican Party, and the political action committees of notable corporations, unions, and trade associations.
Read more: Thieves stole at least $2.7 million from federal political committees during the 2020 election cycle. Biden’s campaign got hit, too.
Gabbard’s committee noticed the “unexpected and large” charge in October and concluded after an internal investigation that “no person associated with the campaign had authorized the charge,” wrote Erika Tsuji, treasurer for Tulsi Aloha, the successor political action committee to Gabbard’s presidential campaign, Tulsi Now.
“After a long period of negotiations and consistent follow up with Airbnb the funds were finally returned to the Committee in October,” Tsuji wrote. “Since the matter was eventually …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics