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 reported 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.
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