Illinois Dem Offered Activist Taxpayer-Funded Job in Alleged Bid to Clear Primary Field, Court Docs Show

Democratic congresswoman Marie Newman (Ill.) promised a six-figure, taxpayer-funded job to a local activist that he says was a bribe to keep him out of a tight primary race—an apparent violation of federal law.

Columbia College Chicago adjunct professor and Palestinian activist Iymen Chehade sued Newman in January for breach of contract. Included in the lawsuit is a December 2018 Agreement signed by Newman that promised Chehade a senior role in the Democrat’s congressional office should she be elected. According to the Complaint, which was first reported by CBS Chicago and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Newman offered the contract “in an effort to induce Chehade not to run against her in the primary.”