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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Illinois congressmen paid campaign funds to wives "The campaign payments to spouses did not involve any taxpayer money, and the practice has been declared legal if certain requirements are met. Nevertheless, some watchdog groups see the potential for abuse when a lawmaker's family receives financial support from his political backers.

'Is there anything patently wrong with having a family member work on a campaign?' said Dave Levinthal, communications director at the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. 'Arguably not. But it gets into sticky territory when the candidate, him or herself, stands to benefit personally in a significant way from political donations that are being made to fuel political efforts.'"

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