Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has a report on unethical family payments by members of Congress that shines the light on Tom Davis.
The totals found by the report (over $25,000 plus a $78,000/year part-time job) do not include the tens of thousands of dollars that Davis had directed to his wife's campaign when donors reached the federal limit for his own campaign.
Tom Davis is planning to run for Senate in 2008. He hopes to use his ill-gotten campaign contributions to buy a Senate seat to represent VA with Jim Webb. His wife is running for VA Senate on his blood money this year against Chap Petersen.
Tom Davis's defender is Brian McNicoll, a Heritage Foundation writer and unbelievably unprofessional evolution denyer who covers for Davis's profiteering as chair of the House committee overseeing government contracting.
McNicoll repeats claims that Davis was cleared by the ethics committee. The majority of that committee are Republicans who replaced the members who censured Tom Delay. They were fired by then-majority leader Dennis Hastert as they had been moving on to investigate DeLay's partners in NRCC fundraising schemes, partners who included Tom Davis. Not even this castrated Ethics committee would clear Davis.
The Ethics letter says that if the benefits obtained by his household from her job at ICG or from ICG clients (salary and perqs) are given under circumstances would cause a reasonable person to believe the benefits may influence Davis -- and it does -- she should get another job. However, she continues to seek clients who have business before his Committee.
Daily Press: When Rep. Jo Ann Davis needed someone to help put up yard signs and organize volunteers for her re-election campaign last summer and fall, the Gloucester Republican turned to a trusted hand: her son Charles. He was paid $1,500 for the work.
Rep. J. Randy Forbes was more generous to his children. His son Neil, for example, was paid $34,929 for managing the Chesapeake Republican's 2002 re-election campaign.
The full report is here.
Of 435 voting Members of Congress, Tom Davis stands out in the breadth and take-home pay of the members:
* 64 paid family members through their campaign committees or PACs (26 Democrats and 38 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis];
* 24 have relatives who lobby Congress (10 Democrats and 14 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis];
* 19 used their campaign committees or PACs to pay a family business or a business that employs a family member (9 Democrats and 10 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis];
* 17 used their campaign funds to make campaign contributions to relatives (11 Democrats and 6 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis] ;
* 15 used their positions to benefit a family member or a family member?s client (3 Democrats and 12 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis] ;
* At least 7 paid offspring who ranged from school-age to college-age (all Republicans).