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Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is under serious scrutiny for his donation of more than $50,000 of his campaign funds to his alma mater at Stanford University following revelations that his son is enrolling in the school for his freshman year.
Filings in the Federal Election Commission show that Lieu gave four donations amounting to $51,046 to his alma mater, Stanford University, between the years of 2016 and 2018.
Fox News reported on Sunday that Lieu’s son is enrolled in the college as a freshman in the class of 2025, according to his Instagram bio, raising questions about whether Lieu’s donation was intended as a quid-pro-quo to the college.
As Fox News highlights, Lieu’s son’s admission into Stanford comes in the wake of the “Varsity Blues” scandal, which saw the kids of rich parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Full House’s Lori Loughlin after William Sanger fraudulently inflated their kids’ test scores and bribed college admission officials.
The Twitter account that first raised questions about Lieu’s donation was swiftly banned from the platform after the user posted screenshots of the FEC filings and that of Lieu’s son’s Instagram page.
“This looks very bad,” remarked National Review contributor Luke Thompson, highlighting the account’s suspension.
Uh. This is very bizarre. The account that tweeted about @tedlieu making contributions to Stanford out of his campaign account – and Lieu’s son now attending Stanford – has been suspended. pic.twitter.com/49h1qlWHRI
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) August 11, 2021
The FEC allows political campaigns to provide financial donations to charitable organizations, including schools, but campaigns are prohibited from using the money for “purposes that personally benefit the candidate.”
“Campaigns can and do donate to charities and universities from their campaign funds, but it’s more common when a member is retiring and has leftover cash,” said a spokesperson for the Center for Responsive Politics, which operates the campaign finance watchdog group OpenSecrets. The spokesperson said that while campaigns are allowed to donate to colleges and universities, it is more common with lawmakers who do not wish to seek reelection.
At the moment, it is unclear if the California representative’s contributions to Stanford University impacted the college’s decision to admit his son. Neither Lieu nor Stanford University have spoken up about the subject since it first surfaced on social media, nor have they responded to requests for comment from the Fox News reporter.
Ted Lieu previously faced controversy earlier this year when he criticized California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner over Jenner’s remarks on rising crime in the state.
Following Jenner’s announcement of her plans to run for office and unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election, Jenner took aim at Newsom by criticizing the decisions made by district attorneys throughout the state.
“This is horrible and also avoidable. Gavin’s District Attorneys across California are releasing dangerous criminals back on to our streets. Enough is enough,” Jenner wrote, sharing an article on the San Francisco Chronicle, which raised concerns about San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a Democrat, after a man who was arrested twice in 2021 for domestic violence was released who has now been charged with infanticide.
Lieu defended Newsom by attacking Jenner, informing the reality star that district attorneys are elected, not appointed by governors – and doubled down with a lesson on civics. Lieu remarked, “Also, do you know how a bill becomes law? Here is a cool Schoolhouse Rock video for you to educate yourself,” he said while linking to a YouTube video.
Jenner responded by accusing Lieu of being “condescending,” prompting Lieu to continue lecturing the former Olympic athlete.
“Ted, that kind of condescending tone is what’s wrong w/ politics,” said Jenner. “Of course I know DAs are elected, but as the CEO of the state, the buck stops with Newsom. If you want to defend the status quo then fine, but if you want to talk solutions to the crime in our streets, call anytime.”
Lieu tripled down on his comments, remarking that he didn’t think Jenner “realized DA are elected. If you did, you would not have made your condescending statement about DAs.”
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