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Lawmakers add relatives to campaign payrolls

FEC records show the practice isn't all that rare

6:10 PM, Mar. 18, 2013
The campaign of Republican Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., has paid his mother, Judy, more than $27,000 in salary and consulting fees in 2011 and 2012.
The campaign of Republican Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., has paid his mother, Judy, more than $27,000 in salary and consulting fees in 2011 and 2012.
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Thirty-two members of Congress dispensed more than $2 million in campaign funds to pay relatives' salaries during the 2012 election cycle, a USA Today analysis of the most recent campaign records shows.

Lawmakers have hired their children, spouses, aunts, parents and in-laws as consultants, accountants and record keepers, the examination shows. In some cases, multiple members of the family joined the payroll.

Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., for instance, paid his daughter, Lisa Lowe, more than $73,000 between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31. 2012. Another daughter, Ginger Robinson, also ...

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