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Trib: Labrador Pockets Campaign $$$

Anytime a politician approaches an ethical border, the first thing out of his mouth is: "It's legal." And the next thing is: "Everybody else does it." So it goes with freshman Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who waited all of five months in office before putting his wife Becca on the payroll. As the Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reported, Labrador hired his wife as his campaign accountant. Hired in May, she's paid $2,050 a month and is the campaign's sole employee. Nepotism laws apply only to federal offices. Becca Labrador can't draw a salary from her husband's congressional staff - where he earns $174,000. And Labrador can't spend campaign contributions on himself. Even after he retires from office, the law prohibits him converting whatever cash remains in that account to personal use. But hiring his wife for the campaign accomplishes the same result/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you consider this to be the first serious ethical slip by Congressman Labrador? Or do you even consider it to be a slip?

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