Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) has spent well over $300,000 on private security forces throughout this past election cycle, various campaign finance documents that were generated this past Monday highlight that fact despite her extreme militant support of the “defund the police” movement.
As seen in a list of itemized expenditures from Cori Bush for Congress, as seen on the Federal Election Commission website, shows that the progressive legislator shelled out over $70,489 on “security services,”–which included $15,000 to Cortney Merritts, $50,489 to Peace Security, and $5,000 to Nathaniel Davis. These expenses, which took place throughout the first quarter of 2022, are added on to the massive $233,663 that bush has already spent on various security forces in 2021.
Ultimately, Bush has coughed up a total of $304,152 for security forces throughout the past election cycle, as stated by Fox News.
A prime speaker for and proponent of the “defund the police movement, Bush was questioned about these security costs this past August as part of a CBS News interview.
“You faced some criticism in recent weeks over your push to defund the police,” highlighted one of the anchors. “Campaign records show that you spent roughly $70,000 on private security, and some critics say that move is hypocritical. What’s your response to those critics?”
“I’m going to make sure I have security because I know I have had attempts on my life,” replied Bush directly after stating that she gets death threats routinely from white supremacists. “And I have too much work to do. There are too many people that need help right now for me to allow that. So if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend ten more dollars on it, you know what? I get to be here, to do the work. So suck it up. And defunding the police has to happen; we need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets, because we’re trying to save lives.”
Bush lauds “defund the police” despite the massive pressure from even her own party.
Bush stated to Axios this past February that she had “colleagues walk up to me” and say “defund the police” does not help their districts at all. The legislator refused to name the people she described.
“‘Defund the police’ is not the problem,” she whined. “We dangled the carrot in front of people’s faces and said we can get it done and that Democrats deliver, when we haven’t totally delivered.”
Leading Democrats have taken steps to push back Bush and have tried to distance themselves from the “defund the police” movement which has gained quite a bit of popularity since the death of George Floyd back in May of 2020.
“With all the respect in the world for Cori Bush, that is not the position of the Democratic Party,” stated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) concerning the slogan. “Community safety, to protect and defend in every way, is our oath of office. And I have sympathy, I’m — we’re all concerned about mistreatment of people and that’s why Karen Bass had the Justice in Policing Act, and we would hope to get some of that done.”
“Make no mistake, community safety is our responsibility,” Pelosi went on. “And I quote one of my colleagues from New York, Ritchie Torres, a brand new member of Congress, way on the left, saying that ‘Defund the Police is dead.’ That causes a concern with a few in our caucus, but public safety is our responsibility and I support what Karen Bass is doing and Mayor Adams of New York.”