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Watchdog Group Cites Cong. Clay’s $300k to Sister’s Law Firm

March 23rd, 2012 by mopns · No Comments

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi swears in Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) as his sister and parents look on.

The ethics watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report yesterday showing that over the past four years, over 250 House members directed money towards relatives. Part time Congressman and Presidential aspirant Ron Paul spent the most. Paul paid  more than $300,000 in salaries or fees to his daughter, brother, grandson, daughter’s mother-in-law, granddaughter and grandson-in-law. Locally, Rep’s. Clay and Emerson are cited on the list. We’ve chronicled Clay’s generosity to family members and friends here, here and here. Which is worse? This:

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) used his campaign committee and a PAC to pay his sister’s law office $292,557 in fees and give to a scholarship fund founded by his father — who is a registered lobbyist — an additional $11,290, according to the report. Read more…

Or this?

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) has two daughters who have worked in Washington as lobbyists, one for General Motors, the other for the chemical giant Monsanto. She is one of 44 House lawmakers who have a relative who is registered to lobby or at least works in government affairs, the report said. Read more…

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