Willamette Week: Congressman Greg Walden Is Paying Two Family Members With Campaign Funds
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) uses campaign funds to pay the salaries for two members of his family.
"There's been a long controversy about what constitutes the personal use of campaign funds," says Meredith McGehee, strategic adviser for the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C.
Unless the Federal Elections Commission receives a complaint, it typically does not investigate.
McGehee says her organization and others have asked the FEC to crack down on nepotism, but the agency has been unwilling to do so. "The honest answer," McGehee says, "is [that] the FEC would not go there."