According to campaign papers, Squad member and Missouri Rep. Cori Bush spent nearly $70,000 on private protection in the last three months while advocating for police defunding.
According to Federal Election Commission records revealed this week, Bush’s campaign paid $54,120.92 to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York-based corporation with a cryptic web presence, for “security services” between April 15 and June 28. During the same time period, the Democrat’s campaign paid Nathaniel Davis $15,000 for “security services.”
According to FEC data, the $69,120 in security fees accounted for more than a third of Bush’s $197,000 in campaign expenditures in the second quarter. It’s also nearly double the amount spent on private protection by her campaign in the first quarter of 2021.
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The website for RS&T is no longer operational, but a cached version of the site shows that the company supplies “executive protection agents” that provide “first-class executive protection and security for national and worldwide dignitaries.”
Davis’ claimed address in the records, on the other hand, is the same as Bush’s campaign headquarters.
While Bush’s campaign spent tens of thousands of dollars on private protection, a luxury most Americans cannot afford, the Missouri Democrat was both a harsh critic of law enforcement and one of the most vocal proponents of police defunding. Defunding the police is not a “radical” notion, according to Bush, who praised St. Louis in April for its “historic” vote to do so.
Bush said at the time, “Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic.” She continued by saying, “It marks a new future for our city. For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe.”
A request for comment was not returned by Bush’s campaign.