FEC records reveal more than $200K in campaign payments to family members of Rep. Clyburn

House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a top ally to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Joe Biden, appears to be embroiled in a potentially scandalous ethical quandry related to campaign fund payments to several family members.

A recent review of Federal Election Commission records indicates that Clyburn’s campaign has paid out more than $200,000 combined to five family members over the years, Breitbart reported. Those five relatives include Clyburn’s two adult daughters, their husbands, and one grandson.

A daughter and her husband’s company on the payroll

Fox News was the first to report on the ethically questionable campaign disbursements to Rep. Clyburn’s family members and noted that while it is legal for congressional candidate campaigns to employ relatives — provided they are paid fair market wages and have legitimate jobs — the practice is generally viewed as unethical.

That hasn’t stopped the South Carolina Democrat from shelling out more than $200,000 to the five family members over the course of the past 12 years.

First up is daughter Jennifer Reed, who was paid a total of $45,000 in “campaign management fees” between July and December 2020.

Another $62,500 was also paid to Reed indirectly from March 2020 to November 2021 by way of “office rent” payments to a company known as 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC, which according to Fox News is owned by Reed’s husband, Walter A. Reed, and, up until last year, was registered to the same home address previously occupied by the Reeds.

Another daughter, her husband, and a grandson

Then there is the other daughter of Rep. Clyburn, Angela Hannibal, who from April 2018 to October 2019 was paid more than $20,000 for things like canvassing and voter outreach, catering, and truck rentals.

Her husband, Cecil Hannibal, had previously cashed in on Clyburn’s campaign to the tune of approximately $70,000 between March 2010 and October 2012 for things like district-wide community outreach and travel expenses.

Finally, there is the congressman’s grandson, Walter A.C. Reed, who was paid $16,500 in “campaign management fees” from October through December 2021 and, according to a Q1 FEC filing for 2022, has received an additional $21,000 this year, for a combined total of $37,500.

That Q1 filing also showed another $7,500 paid to Reed’s 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC business in January for “office rent.”

Don’t hold your breath waiting on accountability

Fox News noted that Rep. Clyburn’s office declined to comment in response to questions about the more than $200,000 in campaign funds that have been paid to various family members over the years.

It is unclear at this time if the House Ethics Committee will look into this record of campaign disbursements to family members, but given Clyburn’s influential status in Congress, combined with the fact that numerous other lawmakers from both parties engage in the questionable practice of employing family members, it seems unlikely that he’ll ever be legitimately questioned or held to account.

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