Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), who was previously caught transferring campaign funds to her family members, has continued to pay her children, including herself, $250 in “petty cash” in the first fundraising quarter, potentially breaching the law.
Hayes, a member of Congress since 2019, was earlier alleged to have begun paying her family members using campaign funds raised by a group named “Friends of Jahana Hayes,” which works in favor of the vulnerable Democrat.
She paid someone named “David Crenshaw,” who was purportedly her son, $15,118.54 in increments of $282.47 and $282.46 under the category “payroll” up until the last Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing from last year.
Her 24-year-old son, David Crenshaw, joined then-Rep.-elect Hayes on her campaign victory tour in 2018, according to the Hartford Courant.
Since Hayes was elected to Congress, she has also been paying someone named “Asia Clermont,” who is presumably her daughter, $21,299.03 in $361.33, $359.25, and $360.92 increments under the category “payroll.”
In addition, the 28-year-old daughter was said to have boasted to her class in 2018 that her “mom was the National Teacher of the Year and that my family had met President Obama.”
Because of the initial revelation from the Daily Caller, Hayes came under fire, especially after she confessed the two do work for the campaign and reiterated that they handle “deeply important” campaign matters, such as managing “personal passwords and calendars.”
The congresswoman has continued to pay her family members and now herself, according to the Caller.
She continued to pay her daughter in $359.25 increments every few weeks in the first quarter of 2022, totaling almost $2,155 in the first three months of the year. She also continued to pay her son every couple of weeks in amounts of $284.13, $284.12, and $249.12, totaling $1,669 in the first three months of the year.
The congresswoman also repaid herself $250 for “petty cash,” which could have been a violation of the law, according to the FEC filing. Petty cash reimbursements are governed by FEC rules.