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Labrador’s Wife On Campaign Payroll

Freshman Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador has put his wife, Becca, on his campaign payroll with a monthly salary - a practice that, while legal, has drawn much criticism since a 2006 congressional scandal. In 2007, the House voted to ban campaign payments to congressional spouses other than reimbursement for travel expenses, but the bill died in the Senate. “There’s a lot of congressmen that do that, and actually they pay their spouses even more,” said Labrador, who began paying his wife, Becca, a $2,050 monthly salary in May to keep the campaign’s books; she’s currently the campaign’s only paid employee. Labrador said he chose his wife for the job “because she’s the first one I trust most in the world. She’s the one handling all the money for the campaign”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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