Shame on Sheila Jackson Lee: ‘The public deserves an explanation’ why $10K in campaign funds went for Super Bowl tickets

Liberals love money — especially when it’s other people’s money.

A Federal Election Commission filing disclosed that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s campaign paid out nearly $10,000 for Super Bowl LI tickets, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

The 51st running of the annual competition, which this year pitted the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots, was held on Jackson Lee’s home turf at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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The Free Beacon reported that the campaign committee of the congresswoman, noted for her flamboyant apparel and over-the-top statements, made two separate transactions totaling $9,800 for the tickets.

On Feb. 3, just two days before the Super Bowl, Jackson Lee’s campaign committee paid $4,900 to 21st Century Fox, Government Relations for ‘Super Bowl LI Tickets,’ according to the filings.

On Feb. 8, three days after the Super Bowl, Gerald Womack, the congresswoman’s campaign manager, was reimbursed $4,900 for Super Bowl tickets, filings show.


In addition to event tickets, the campaign paid a $4,901.46 tab to Grotto Restaurant on February 5, the day of the Super Bowl.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive tackle Ellis Wyms posted a photo of him at the Super Bowl with Jackson Lee, whom he described as “an amazing woman.”

Jackson Lee posted a photo of her and the gang enjoying the event, apparently on her campaign donors’ dime.

We are #OnLocationatSB51. #SB51

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Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust president Matthew Whitaker told The Free Beacon that the public is entitled to an explanation.

“We are always concerned and want more information when we see campaign expenditures that are not directly for campaign purposes. Campaign funds should not be used for any thing other than running a campaign,” Whitaker told the Washington Free Beacon. “There have been many cases of public officials abusing their campaign funds for personal expenses and for the benefit of others. The public deserves an explanation on why Super Bowl tickets were a campaign expense.”

Social media users saw it as one more instance of corruption among lawmakers — especially liberal ones.

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One wondered if this could be evidence of the real Russian conspiracy.

There’s a joke making the rounds that Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has an app on his smart phone that allows him to select items off the store shelves and charge them to the person in the next aisle over.

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Apparently Jackson Lee got a hold of that same app.


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