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Senator Mike Brown of Indiana and Republican leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky on Tuesday wrote a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Bureau (GAO) in which a nonpartisan fact-finding body asked to investigate nonprofits that provide bail services.
“We are deeply concerned about the prospect of allocating taxpayer dollars to nonprofits that pledge for individuals but are not liable by the same standards as traditional mortgage agents within their jurisdiction,” the senators wrote in a letter to GAO, the first to receive. from Fox News Digital.
Senators want a list of federal-funded nonprofits that provide bail services, how many taxpayer dollars they receive and whether there are any restrictions on using federal dollars to jail people accused of crimes.
The request comes amid a surge of violent crime, progressive bail reform in places like New York, and high-profile incidents in both senator states where charities have deported alleged criminals.
Last year in Indianapolis, the nonprofit The Bail Project made a bail persons that continued commit murder while they were at large. The Bail Project received $ 250,000 from the City of Indianapolis and the Central Indiana Community Foundation, according to local branch Fox 59.
And in McConnell’s home state, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Louisville has reportedly teamed up with the Louisville Society Revenue Fund to bail out Quintes Brown, a suspect in the execution of mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg. Allegedly Brown tried to kill Greenberg at the candidate’s campaign headquarters in the Butchertown area of Louisville, Kentucky.
Senators say GAO is “appropriate” to commission a study of these groups so that “Congress can identify funds that are being misappropriated for unintentional purposes.”
Unlike Republicans who send letters to the Biden administration who are ignored because they are part of a minority party, GAO disregards politics and treats “both sides of the aisle” equally, ”GAO spokesman Chuck Young said.
GAO has received a request for an investigation into bail release and will undergo a routine review process before any decisions are made, which usually takes a couple of weeks, Young said.
The review process will consider practical things, such as ensuring that another government body has not yet investigated and whether GAO can gain the necessary access to documents.
“We accept most requests from Congress as long as they come from the relevant committee that has jurisdiction,” Young told Fox News Digital.
Brown and McConnell were joined in the letter by Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, chief Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee.