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A new study by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) of House members found 248 examples of members using their positions to enrich relatives or themselves, and almost all of it apparently was done legally. Some of those cited in the study, entitled a “Family Affair,’ are well known lawmakers, including Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., the powerful chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
“This report shows lawmakers still haven’t learned it is wrong to trade on their positions as elected leaders to benefit themselves and their families,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Conduct like this reinforces the widely held view that members of Congress are more interested in enriching themselves than in public service.”
- Ms. McKeon is the treasurer for Buck McKeon for Congress, and the highest-paid employee on the campaign’s payroll.8
- During the 2008 election cycle, Rep. McKeon’s campaign committee paid Ms. McKeon $119,674 in salary.9
- During the 2008 election cycle, Rep. McKeon’s campaign committee reimbursed Ms. McKeon $4,379 for office supplies, transportation and meals.10
- During the 2010 election cycle, Rep. McKeon’s campaign committee paid Ms. Mckeon $118,764 in salary.11
- During the 2010 election cycle, Rep. McKeon’s campaign committee reimbursed Ms. McKeon $2,441 for campaign travel and meals.12
Let’s see that is a total since 2001 of over $500,000 that Patricia McKeon has received from her Congressman husband’s campaign account.
All of this is legal, but are Rep. McKeon and Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon interested in public service or enriching themselves?
This will be something that candidates in the 38th District California Assembly race will have to ask Patricia – if she ever shows up to debate.