Congress members have been allowed to place family on their campaign’s payrolls since 2001 when then-Rep. Jesse Jackson (D., Ill.) asked the Federal Election Commission to issue an advisory opinion on the matter.
It has been revealed that Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) has abused this quite a lot, disbursing tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to his wife this year, totaling more than $400,000.
Gutierrez caught the attention recently with his ‘proposal’ for Democrats to “eliminate” Trump as president if they take back the House of Representatives.
Rep. Gutierrez’s wife, Soraida Gutierrez, was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress in 2010. Since this time, Soraida has made it to the top of biggest recipients of cash from the committee, receiving numerous payments from her husband’s campaign.
According to Federal Election Commission filings, Gutierrez’s campaign has made $30,000 worth of payments to Soraida from Jan. 1 to June 30. During this time, Gutierrez’s committee reported $72,000 in expenditures.
Soraida received $44,000 from her husband’s campaign in 2010. In 2012, she was paid $93,000 from the committee, while in 2014, she hauled in $110,000. During the 2016 cycle, her payments increased to $125,856.
Rep. Gutierrez has also paid his daughters from his campaign in the past, with his daughter Omaira Gutierrez receiving $4,270 for bookkeeping between 2004 and 2009. His other daughter, Jessica, was paid $600 in 2004 for a fundraising project.
Gutierrez’s office did not return a request for comment regarding these payments.
After the committee had approved the practice, Jesse Jackson, the Representative who requested this ‘policy’, went on to pay a firm owned by his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars from his own committee.
Jackson and his wife pleaded guilty in 2013 to using $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use, reports Free Beacon.
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