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Congressional Money – It’s All in the Family

Sunday’s 60 Minutes’ show highlighted a report on members of Congress and money going to their family members.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) issued a report on Family Affairs, highlighting members of Congress and family members receiving salaries or fees; family businesses or employers receiving fees or contributions; reimbursements to family and self; contributions to political campaign of family members; earmarks to family members; and family members working as lobbyists or in government affairs.

Highlights include Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., paying his girlfriend $622,574; Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., paying her stepdaughter’s company $408,818; Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, reimbursing himself $261,764; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. contributing $164,000 to his wife’s campaign for alderman; Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, earmarking $28,364,000 to her son’s project; Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., having five family members who have been registered to lobby or employed in government affairs.

The CREW report was used in an October 20th 60 Minutes’ report on Congressional misbehavior, 
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