June 19, 2007

Rep. Pete Stark on List of House Members With Family on Payroll

According to a report released on June 18, 2007, by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Congressman Pete Stark paid his wife Deborah $176,800 during the last three campaigns.

From the report:

"On his 2002-2005 personal financial disclosure statements, Rep. Stark reported that his wife received a salary from the Pete Stark Re-Election Committee. Deborah Stark is listed as the campaign committee’s treasurer.

In a San Francisco Chronicle article, Stark said he saved money by having his wife as the only paid campaign staffer, but also said that his wife has now quit to spend more time with their children. Stark was quoted as saying, "Certainly, the attendant publicity was unpleasant -- that was part of it..."

Other Bay Area lawmakers also paid family members, including Tom Lantos ($56,000 to two grandchildren), and Zoe Lofgren ($350,000 to her husband's law firm).

The report lists 64 Congressional representatives (26 Democrats and 38 Republicans) that paid family members through their campaign committees or political action committees.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at June 19, 2007 8:40 AM | TrackBack
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