Reps. Put Families on Payroll

Elected leaders benefit themselves and their families.
2:02 | 03/23/12

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Following a trail of nepotism in the halls of congress. An investigation has found that an extraordinary number of house members are trading on their positions as elected leaders. To benefit themselves and their families even hiring relatives for their offices and their campaigns. ABC's Jon Karl tracked down some of the lawmakers. How would you like a job where you can expense your fitness training. -- your kids in your spouse. Or 18% interest on your money. And funnel millions of dollars of other people's money. To places your family members work. There are members of congress who do all of that. And it's perfectly legal. This scandal in Washington isn't what's illegal it's what's legal. A new report singles out 82 members of congress for putting family members on their payrolls. Ron Paul's campaigns of -- daughter brother. Grandson granddaughter and three other relatives paying a total of 300000 dollar since 2007. Paul's campaign manager told ABC news it's all of board. We caught up with Keith Ellison and with a report says paid his -- 7000 dollars in his last campaign. Personally campaigned was related to candidate. TV news room for them. Lynn woolsey's paid per dollar 43000. Dollars in her last campaign can't really -- That money everybody every penny of -- several members make money by loaning their campaigns cash. -- and Apollo tunnel loaned her campaign. 150000. Dollars from her retirement account 1998. And for years charged 18% interest. And then there's the case of -- shock. The mega -- congressman. At his campaign paid 319. Dollars for a campaign also -- for seat plane ride in saint Croix. Not -- Jonathan Karl EBC news Capitol Hill.

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