The wife of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., received $12,000 — almost half of the Democratic congressman's first quarter campaign expenditures for 2017, The Washington Free Beacon reported Sunday.
Soraida Gutierrez has been on the payroll of the Gutierrez for Congress campaign committee since 2010, according to the Free Beacon, noting that during that time she has been paid $385,000.
Most recently, she was paid $6,000 on Feb. 6 for serving as the campaign treasurer and overseeing fundraising services, according to the Free Beacon, citing Federal Election Commission filings. She was paid an additional $6,000 on Feb. 28.
From Jan. 1-March 31, the campaign had spent $25,152.08 – including the money paid to the lawmaker’s wife, the Beacon noted.
Members of Congress have been permitted to put family members on their campaign rolls since 2001. The article explained Gutierrez has also paid his daughters from campaign funds in the past.
Gutierrez’s wife was a registered lobbyist in Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining his campaign, Fox News reported. She has been the top recipient of campaign funds in three cycles since assuming the role, according to the news network.
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