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Wasserman Schultz’s ‘Mile-High’ Campaign Dilemma

By Javier Manjarres

Questions regarding possible campaign finance violations continue to plague Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as her Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports are coming under increased scrutiny. Just last month, the Shark Tank pointed out that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz had violated FEC laws when she failed to affix the proper disclaimer to one of her campaign solicitations. (Source-FEC Violations)

But now her campaign appears to have committed another possible FEC violation with regards to her campaign’s travel expenses and a leased private jet from a charter airplane company, New Flight Charters, which is based out of Jackson, Wyoming.

First off, why would any Member of Congress or candidate have to use a private charter company for purposes of campaigning with a congressional district given how small most districts are in terms of square miles?

We’ll go out on a limb here and guess that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz probably used the charter aircraft for fundraising outside of Florida or some other kind of ‘special’ event.  Also, the chartering of the aircraft could have been considered an ‘in-kind’ contribution, but if that was the case, the item would have been itemized as an ‘in-kind’ donation.

Wasserman Schultz’s campaign disclosed two payments to New Flight Charters, one on 4/24/2012 for $5000, and the other on 4/25/2012 for $4438. That’s $9438 for those of you in Rio Linda, California.


We know that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz has been quite the jet-setting big spender, with her second home in New Hampshire, the ballooning assets that have more than doubled since being elected to the U.S. Congress, the $30K+ luxury cruise over the summer, and of course, her coveted Corvette. Remember, Wasserman Schultz is a self described ‘Middle-Class American’ who has yet to explain how a Middle class American can afford $100K in sport cars, one million dollars worth of real property, a $30K luxury cruise, and an ballooning net worth during her stint in Congress. (Source-Second home, Luxury Cruise)

According to the FEC, under the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007,

candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, their authorized committees, and their leadership PACs are prohibited from making any expenditure for non-commercial air travel, with an exception for travel on government aircraft and on aircraft owned or leased by the candidate or an immediate family member of the candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The argument that some may make about private jets being considered commercial because a single seat is paid for, as some charter companies offer this service, but this does not seem to be the case in this instance. In an letter we obtained from New Flight Charters, they clearly state that they are a Part 135 charter company that does not charter by the seat, but charters the entire plane.

This is the letter the Shark Tank obtained from New Flight Charter-

In layman’s terms, if you want to fly with them, you have to rent the whole plane. The also state that they “do not do any type of commercial flights or booking for commercial flights.”

In addition, we spoke to one of New Flight Charter’s Account Representatives who confirmed that the company does not “do leases whatsoever,” and that it is strictly an “on demand” charter company.

So the question remains as to why Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz chartered a private plane from her campaign account even though the FEC frowns upon doing such a thing. Given the fact that she is flying across the country more than she is traveling within her own congressional district and interacting with the constituents that elected her, its neither here or there, right?

Congresswoman Wassserman Schultz is running for re-election against Republican Karen Harrington, who is only trailing her by about 4.5% points-this is within the margin of error. (Source-Tightening Polls )

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About author

Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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31 Comments

  1. dean October 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Debbie downer reeks of corruption.

    • Robert October 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Please give examples

      • chopper October 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        how about the above article jackazz? or didn’t you bother reading it. You just jumped down to the comment section to cause trouble, like the shit stirrer you are, and like you and your ilk like to do so often.

  2. robert October 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    should you check with the FEC before you just guessing. shouldn’t we know the truth. If Karen is within the margin of error. will she post the poll? when it comes to middle class i hope karen doesn’t think se is, since she put in $250,000 intoher campaign

  3. robert October 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    FYI if you double your assets then it does not mean your net worth has grown. it would depend on your liabilities also.

  4. Carlos October 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Is there any lib who doesn’t have tax issues or other hypocrisy to hide? NO!!!!

    • Robert October 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Please tell me the tax issues. Or are you just making it up

      • mike October 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        I’ve seen this woman make various statements on the news reports every now and again, and I saw her interviewed opposite Paul Ryan, each arguing opposite sides of an issue…and she is a stupid, stupid woman. Not as big a moron as that useless pile Napalitano, but clearly not the sharpest knife in the drawer! Who the hell would vote for this woman? I have yet to hear an intelligent word from her mouth. Does she have some sort of ‘claim to fame’ that got her in? Powerful mommy or daddy? I think about this every time I see her speak.

        • madmemere November 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

          Just so ya’ know – -her “daddy” (Schultz) is the fat, ugly, guy spouting all the progressive/obama/commie crap on tv, all the time. Rotten apples don’t fall far from tree!

  5. Stan Lee October 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Like all the other Democrats, Debbie will ride that gravy train until there’s nothing left to ride. The bill gets passed on to “the people,” who I have the feeling she says about “the people,” “Let them eat cake.”
    Many folks have had enough of her! How about you? Prove it when you vote!

    • Robert October 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Please give examples. Would love to hear some.

      • BoGo October 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        During the healthcare debate when asked about her “Cadillac” Congressional health plan, she said that she “earned it”.

        Translation: I’m one of the elite and the rules don’t apply to me. You’ll get the level of health coverage we dictate to you and there’s nothing you can do about it.

      • chester arthur October 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Would love to hear how much the Schultz campaign pays you to shill for them.

  6. David October 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Weren’t her parents just convicted of fraud earlier this year. Seems like the apple does not fall far from the tree.

    • Robert October 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Those are not her parents. Do some research. Ann and Larry are her parents name. That was Diana Wasserman rubin. No relation

  7. John W. Varner October 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Her name is Debbie Schultz…not Wasserman Schultz. Jesus!

  8. jdog October 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Is anyone surprised that the lying liar who lies also lied to the FEC? She could get some tips from Stephanie Cutter, or even Axelrod or the big guy himself, who at least better disguises their lies.