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Three Congress members paid salaries to relatives

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A study by a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit found that three Tennessee Congress members used campaign money to pay salaries to their relatives.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports ( that the three were among 82 members whose families benefited from their positions in government over the past two election cycles.

In Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann paid his college-aged son $4,652 from campaign funds to accompany him on the campaign trail during the 2010 election cycle.

U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, of Knoxville, paid his sister, son and niece a combined $7,600 for work on his financial disclosures, and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn paid her daughter $301 for administrative and fundraising services.

The payments don't violate the law or House ethics rules.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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