Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis charged with campaign finance crimes

Well this is awkward…

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis, who is running for the U.S. Senate, was charged Tuesday with five criminal counts accusing her of taking more than $20,000 in campaign funds and false travel reimbursements from the city.

The criminal complaint said Lewis used campaign funds to attend a Florida worship conference, pay tuition for classes at Agape Love Bible College and go on family trips to Georgia and the Wisconsin Dells. She also allegedly spent campaign funds on basic personal expenses, such as car and credit card bills, vehicle repairs and rent on a Milwaukee apartment, according to the complaint.

On top of that, the complaint said Lewis made more than 20 inappropriate ATM cash withdrawals totaling $5,590.50 from her campaign fund between 2016 and 2020.

Source: Milwaukee JournalSentinel

While it goes without saying Ald. Lewis is innocent until proven guilty, the fact that she used campaign funds to bolster her own personal funds to account for expenses she otherwise would not have been able to afford certainly doesn’t seem to pass the smell test. These allegations – whether ultimately proven true or not – will likely throw a wrench into Ald. Lewis’ already underdog campaign for the United States Senate seat currently held by “Our Dumb Senator” Republican Ron Johnson.

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