William Lacy Clay Jr. is a Democrat rep out of Missouri…and he’s in some hot water.
It turns out the law firm that is run by his sister has now banked more than $1 million from the lawmaker’s campaign since 2002.
The payments that are sent to the firm are among the largest payouts from the campaign according to filing documents.
In some very clever “fraud coverup” moves, the campaign cash was sent to an address in Maryland and supposedly went towards “community organizing” in Clay’s district.
However, there’s one big problem…
His district is 800 miles away.
To make matters even worse, the “law firm” doesn’t have an actual business address – it’s a “residential home.” Gee ya don’t say? Also, it has no website. Sounds very legit doesn’t it?
This Democrat should be in prison.
When are we going to put an end to this abuse? We hear these stories every week, and we read about it, get outraged and then nothing happens. It’s so infuriating.
We the people work hard for our money – it’s categorically unfair and criminal that these scumbucket politicians use our money to line their pockets and the pockets of their scuzzy family.
Payments from campaigns to family members have gotten other politicians in hot water. Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), for example, was hit with an FEC complaint over hundreds of thousands of dollars that her campaign paid to her daughter for running a mailer operation. More than a dozen politicians from both political parties have raised concerns of nepotism by placing family members on campaign payrolls in recent years, which is permitted but carries stipulations such as providing a “bona fide service” and paying fair market value.
Clay, who was elected in 2001 to a seat previously held for more than 30 years by his father, Bill Clay, began pushing money to family members shortly after taking office. Clay Sr. established the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund in the 1980s to address concerns of rising tuition costs. The fund is one entity that has received cash from the campaign. Between 2002 and 2016, more than $30,000 in donations were made to the congressman’s father’s fund.
However, the payments to his sister’s firm, the Law Office of Michelle C. Clay, LLC, have been among the largest committee expenses in recent years. The firm was first placed on the campaign’s payroll in 2002—the year the congressman took office—and has now received over $1 million since that time.
So far this year, the law firm has been paid $90,000 by Clay’s campaign committee for fundraising, compliance, legal work, and community organizing and outreach, filings show. The payments account for more than half of the campaign’s $175,000 in operating expenditures for the 2020 cycle and follow the more than $950,000 in payments the firm had collected between 2002 and the 2018 election cycle. Since 2010, Michelle Clay’s firm has been the highest paid vendor in all but the 2012 cycle, when it received the second most money from the campaign.
The law office, which lists its address in Silver Spring, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., appears to be a residential home. The law office also does not have a website and practically no information is available online about it. [Washington Beacon]
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