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A Wisconsin Democrat running for the U.S. Senate has been charged with four felonies for allegedly stealing $21,000 from her own campaign and then lying when questioned about it.
Milwaukee Democrat City Councilwoman Chantia Lewis — who is running for the Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson — is facing a hefty fine and possible jail time if found guilty.
“Lewis is alleged to have stolen $21,000 in campaign funds, which the complaint says the council member dropped into her personal bank account and used for personal expenses. She allegedly filed false campaign finance reports related to her campaigns for Milwaukee City Council,” Fox News reported.
“Lewis faces felony charges for misconduct in office over the course of four years from 2016 to 2020, embezzling over $10,000, knowingly filing a false campaign report, and illegally distributing funds from her campaign account,” the Fox report added.
“Three of the felony charges include punishment up to a $10,000 fine and 3 1/2 years in prison. The embezzlement charge carries a possible max fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison,” Fox News continued in its report.
Lewis’ campaign released a statement saying she is “innocent of any criminal wrongdoing” and claimed the charges were “accounting errors.”
Milwaukee City Councilwoman Chantia Lewis announced she's running for the U.S. Senate, becoming the ninth Democrat to enter the race for the seat. https://t.co/mxlRQqePFH
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Democrats have only been in power for a few months, and it appears their radical agenda is already backfiring.
As Republicans aim to win back the majority in the chamber from the Democrats in 2022, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) – the re-election arm of Senate Republicans – sees Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire as potential pick-up opportunities to flip a blue seat red.
Control for the Senate may come down to which party wins New Hampshire in the 2022 midterm elections.
As of right now, polling indicates Republicans are in a good position.
A Saint Anselm College Survey Center survey found that GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has an 8 point lead over Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan in a potential 2022 U.S. Senate matchup.
House Republicans have also laid out their path to winning back the chamber they came close to flipping in 2020.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.
The GOP has another big advantage now: they are raking in historical amounts of money.
Republicans set a fundraising record for the third month in a row and now have $42.1 million in cash on hand with zero dollars in debt.
House Republicans also have history on their side as they aim to regain the chamber.
The party that controls the White House, which is currently the Democrats, on average loses roughly 25 House seats in the midterm elections.
And the once-in-a-decade redistricting process – pegged to the 2020 census – is expected to generally favor Republicans over Democrats.
Donald Trump recently said it would be an “interesting” idea for him to run for a Florida seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022.