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Senate Candidate Paid Relative $170K for Past Campaign Work

The New York Times, April 30, 2016

Indiana Senate candidate Marlin Stutzman paid his brother-in-law nearly $170,000 to manage the finances of his congressional campaign despite his relative’s lack of experience in politics. Professor of Political Science Paul Herrnson said, “There may be an occasion where a relative is hired, but generally speaking that’s not the case for a position like finance director.” Although it is not illegal for relatives to work on a campaign staff, often relatives are given lower-level positions, according to Herrnson.


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