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In the past two election cycles, Americans donated close to $2 billion to candidates running for the U.S. House. Their contributions not only went to fund core campaign costs, but also to candidates' babysitters, five-star hotels in Athens, six-figure salaries for candidates' family members and thousands of dollars in interest payments to the candidates themselves.
A 347-page report on House campaign contributions released Thursday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington suggests that it pays to be related to a member of Congress. Throughout the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, more than half of the current members of the House - 248 to be exact - each spent more than $10,000 in campaign cash to pay themselves and their family a combined total of $5.6 million, according to the non-profit ethics watchdog group.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who is currently running for president, reportedly made campaigning a family affair, dolling out thousands in campaign donations to six of his family members, more than any other member.
It was Rep. Aaron Schock, R, Ill., who opted for luxury in Athens, using $30,000 in campaign donations to reimburse himself for hotel bills spanning from a 5-star stay in Greece to more affordable Hampton Inns, the report stated.
Rep. Rob Andrews, a New Jersey Democrat, treated his family to a luxury resort in Scotland while attending a wedding, all on campaign donors' dime, according to the group.
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., paid half a million dollars to his wife to work in his congressional office, the report stated.
Rep. Paul’s campaign committee, Committee to Re-elect Ron Paul,3 paid salaries to his daughter, his grandson, his daughter’s mother-in-law, his granddaughter, his grandson-in-law, and another relative. In addition, his campaign committee reimbursed the congressman and several other relatives and paid his brother’s accounting firm. Finally, Rep. Paul’s leadership political action committee (PAC), Liberty PAC,4 reimbursed the congressman, paid his brother’s accounting firm, and paid his daughter a salary.
I find it curious and suspect that they mention Ron Paul gave out thousands to his family but mention nothing specific. I know that his family is very involved with his campaign and would like to see that it isn't justified before I jump to the conclusion that it wasn't.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Maybe I'm missing something here.
The report focuses on House Members.
What about the U.S. Senate ?
Perhaps some investigating would uncover likely suspects
that were Senators and running for POTUS ?
Lori Pyeatt (daughter):11
• During the 2008 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s campaign committee paid Ms. Pyeatt
$56,666 in salary.12
• During the 2008 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s campaign committee reimbursed Ms. Pyeatt
$4,878 for gas, food and travel expenses. 13
• During the 2008 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s leadership PAC paid Ms. Pyeatt $2,542 in
• During the 2010 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s campaign committee paid Ms. Pyeatt
$42,590 in salary.15
• During the 2010 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s campaign committee reimbursed Ms. Pyeatt
$4,478 for telephone, mileage and framing expenses. 16
• During the 2010 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s leadership PAC paid Ms. Pyeatt $24,334 in
• During the 2010 election cycle, Rep. Paul’s leadership PAC reimbursed Ms. Pyeatt $917
for travel expenses.1