CREW Releases Report Revealing Rep. Paul Abused His Position to Benefit Family Members
Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its new report, Family Affair, detailing how members of the House of Representatives use their positions to financially benefit their families. In the case of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the congressman from Texas used funds from his PAC and campaign committee to pay both his daughter and granddaughter more than $200,000, while also giving similar smaller paydays to other relatives. While Rep. Paul’s behavior is egregious, he is not alone. In all, CREW found a shocking 248 House members used their positions to financially benefit themselves or family members.
“Rep. Paul has turned running for office into a cottage industry, allowing family members to live off the generosity of his donors,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Conduct like this reinforces the widely held view that members of Congress are more interested in enriching themselves and their family members than in public service.”
During the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, Rep. Paul’s PAC and campaign committee paid his daughter, Lori Pyeatt, more than $125,000. Rep. Paul’s campaign committee also paid his granddaughter, Valori Benton, more than $75,000 over the same time frame. In addition, Rep. Paul’s PAC and campaign committee paid his brother’s firm, Paul, Phipps & Co, almost $50,000 for accounting services. Numerous other Paul family members were also paid small salaries or were reimbursed for expenses.
CREW is partnering with LegiStorm to make the data in this report more widely available in a searchable form at LegiStorm.com.
Family Affair is a follow-up to CREW’s 2007 Family Affair – House report, which looked at how representatives used their positions to benefit family members over the 2002, 2004, and 2006 election cycles. The new report focuses on the 2008 and 2010 cycles. Click to read the 2007 report or the 2008 Family Affair – Senate report.