Nov 12, 2010

Lawmakers pay wives from campaign funds

What was your last political campaign donation spent on? Was it used for TV ads, newspaper ads, travel, printing signs or was it given to the congressman's wife?

The campaign to re-elect Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (pictured) has given his wife Sandi Jackson’s company at least $315,000 for her work.

Bobby Rush's campaign has paid his wife, Carolyn Rush, more than $240,000 to serve as a consultant.

Two other Chicago-area congressmen, Danny Davis and Lois Gutierrez, have given their wives smaller amounts for doing campaign work. The four lawmakers, all Democrats, were re-elected last week.

Must be the Democrat way.

It's legal but how often is the practice abused?