Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) has spent more than $61,000 in campaign funds to pay his own personal child support to his baby mama.
The Georgia Democrat has allegedly been having his campaign foot the bill for these payments dating back to 2020, having spent a total of $61,959.40 on childcare, according to FEC filings.
Though, Warnock did stop for a year after taking office in 2021 – perhaps out of fear over the legality of the payments – before eventually resuming.
FEC rules permit campaign funds being used as payments for childcare, but this is typically reserved for the care for a day trip or an overnight trip – not monthly child support payments.
Meanwhile, Warnock’s ex-wife, Oulèye Ndoye, has sued the Democrat to modify the custody arrangement with their children, as well as alleging Warnock had still somehow “failed and refused to reimburse” her for childcare expenses.
Ndoye alleges Warnock is in “willful contempt” of the childcare agreement and asks a judge to give her additional custody over the children as she moves to Massachusetts to complete a program at Harvard University.
Warnock also allegedly spends little time with his children when he has them, often times leaving them in the custody of nannies which, not surprisingly, are always paid for by his campaign.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Warnock spokesperson Meredith Brasher said the Senator is a “a devoted father who is proud to continue to co-parent his two children as he works for the people of Georgia.”
The Georgia Democrat appears to have made this sort of thing a pattern, having been accused of diverting campaign funds to pay personal expenses in the past.
“Warnock used campaign cash to cover the legal expenses for a lawsuit relating to his time as a church minister in 2005,” Breitbart news reported. “The case was filed in 2019 by an Atlanta resident, Melvin Robertson, with allegations dating back to 2005.”
The FEC allows campaign money to be spent on “litigation expenses where the candidate/officeholder was the defendant and the litigation arose directly from campaign activity or the candidate’s status as a candidate,” but NOT on personal use.
Warnock is running for a full six year senator term in the 2022 midterms and the race is expected to be one of the most tightly contested of the elections.
His opponent in the senate race, Republican Herschel Walker condemned Warnock’s misuse of campaign funds.
“Georgians sent Raphael Warnock to Washington to represent them, and instead he spent his donors’ money to cover his personal legal bills,” a spokesperson for Walker’s campaign said.
“Raphael Warnock was involved in a lawsuit, which had nothing to do with his work as Senator and he used his campaign dollars to cover his legal troubles. Is there anything more Washington?”