ALL IN THE FAMILY

AMERICA'S FEUDAL FAMILIES

2014

Ron Wyden’s son Adam somehow started a hedge fund right out of business school. Robert Rubin’s son James (a close friend of New York Times finance industry mouthpiece Andrew Ross Sorkin — himself the son of a prominent attorney) has worked in law, government and finance; his job skills are apparently adaptable to any industry controlled by the ruling classes. Rep. G.K. Butterfield’s daughter is the president of a communications firm, Tom Daschle’s son Nathan works for Clear Channel, Max Baucus’ son Zeno is a U.S. attorney, and it seems like dozens of Congress members’ kids are plain old lobbyists.

2011 - Three term Senator Judd Gragg hired by Goldman Sachs

LA TIMES, 2005 - At least 17 senators and 11 members of the House have children, spouses or other close relatives who lobby or work as consultants, most in Washington, according to lobbyist reports, financial-disclosure forms and other state and federal records. Many are paid by clients who count on the related lawmaker for support.

But Harry Reid is in a class by himself. One of his sons and his son-in-law lobby in Washington for companies, trade groups and municipalities seeking Reid's help in the Senate. A second son has lobbied in Nevada for some of those same interests, and a third has represented a couple of them as a litigator.

In the last four years alone, their firms have collected more than $2 million in lobbying fees from special interests that were represented by the kids and helped by the senator in Washington. So pervasive are the ties among Reid, members of his family and Nevada's leading industries and institutions that it's difficult to find a significant field in which such a relationship does not exist. 7/03

EX-NEPOTISM

Rep John Boozman (R-Ark.) hired Sen. Tim Hutchinson's (R-Ark.) ex-wife as a top aide. The senator obtained an uncontested divorce in August of 1999 after nearly 29 years of marriage. A year later, he married one of his former staffers.

THE SOUTH

ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE CHARLIE Daniels' "son works for him, as does his son's wife. The architect for the Capitol dome restoration project is the husband of a veteran employee of the secretary of state's office. A contractor on the promenade project of 2004 was related to Daniels' chief deputy." - John Brummett, Arkansas News

Arkansas Lt. Governor candidate, Drew Pritt, a Democrat, is the son of Reverend Doctor Troy L. Pritt a prominent former City Councilman and retired Presbyterian pastor in Arkansas. Pritt is also the cousin of former West Virginia State Senator Charlotte Pritt, who was the nominee for governor in 1996 in West Virginia. Her brother, who was her campaign manager, became head of the DMV in 2000 and was a candidate for Secretary of State in 2004

The brother of Rep, Silvestre Reyes, a Democrat is Chuy Reyes, head of the El Paso County Water Improvement District.

Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn.: Sister-in-law Sharon Davis has been his campaign treasurer since 1994,and daughter Libby Davis was his campaign coordinator in the last half of 2004. Libby Davis was paid about $2,334 a month; Sharon Davis was paid about $1,000 a month for bookkeeping last year.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, employs his wife, Kathy, as his campaign manager. She was paid $21,791 over four months, including a $7,500 bonus in 2004 [San Francisco Chronicle].

- Rep. Ron Lewis (R-Ky.), whose wife, Kayi, receives $40,000 a year from the congressman's campaign fund to serve as his campaign manager [LA Times, 2005]

Tom DeLay's wife, Christine DeLay, and daughter, Dani DeLay Ferro, received more than $500,000 from DeLay's national political action committee, AMPAC, his House campaign committees, and the closely aligned Texans for a Republican Majority. DeLay's wife made over $4,000 a month from AMPAC. His daughter also got a sweet chunk of the pie. Since 2003, she received over $3,500 each month from DeLay's national political action committee, AMPAC. Through her consulting firm, she also raked in $222,000 in fees from DeLay's House campaign committees. - Progress Report 2/05

U.S.Representative Hale Boggs died in a plane crash over the Alaskan wilderness. His wife Corinne "Lindy" Boggs took over his seat and served numerous terms. There daughter is ABC and NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts whose deceased sister was mayor of Princeton NJ. Roberts's brother is Thomas Boggs, a powerful Washington lobbyist with close connections to the Clinton machine.

Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), daughter of former Georgia state representative Billy McKinney.

Kendrick Meek won the Florida House seat of his mother, Carrie Meek.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Tex.), is the son of former Rep. Henry Gonzalez.

Elizabeth Dole is the wife of Bob Dole, is Senator-elect from North Carolina.

There will be two Diaz-Balarts brothers in the House in 2003, both representing Florida as Republicans.

Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) succeeded his father in the 1996 election.

The the sons of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn became Bush's press secretary and Medicare director

Strom Thurmond Jr. is the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina. He is 29. His father retired as the oldest member of the Senate.

In Virginia, State Delegate Bryan Moran is the brother of US Representative James Moran.

A sister of a former top adviser to Gov. Jeb Bush was hired to a $77,000 a year job overseeing Florida's public schools. The state also hired the wife of one of Bush's agency heads as an education policy analyst at more than $33 an hour.

In Arkansas, Lt. Governor Win Paul Rockefeller is the son of the late Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.

Senator Al Gore's son Al became a senator and then ran unsuccessfully for president.

Arkansas Senator Tim Hutchinson's brother Asa was named DEA director by Bush.

Alabama governor Jim Folsom's son Jim became governor of Alabama. Little Jim's wife ran unsuccessfully for Congress.

Mary Landrieu (D-La.), is the daughter of a New Orleans mayor.

THE CLINTON YEARS

Bill Clinton's wife Hillary is in the Senate and is now running for President. Interesting article on this nepotism

Bill Clinton's half-brother Roger got a presidential pardon

Webster Hubbell had to leave his post as deputy attorney general in order to serve a little jail time, but his wife held on to her job at Interior.

Clinton trade representative Barshefsky's husband, Ed Cohen, got a job at the Solicitor's Office

Clinton Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's Chief of Staff was Ann Shields, wife of former Democratic campaign strategist Mark Shields who was also a CNN and PBS political commentator and Washington Post columnist

According to the National Wilderness Institute, Rep. Congressman Gerry Studd's companion was given a job at the Minerals Management Service while Studds was Chairman of the Committee that had jurisdiction over Interior.

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OBJECTIVE JOURNALISTS

2011 - Jay Carney, formerly of Time who was appointed as Obama's news secretary is married to Claire Shipman of ABC Good Morning America.

2011 - Ruth Marcus, columnist for the Washington Post, is married to to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

2010 - Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of GW Bush, a reporter for NBC' Today Show.

HOWARD KURTZ, WASHINGTON POST - Los Angeles Times reporter Ron Brownstein told readers that he didn't intend to treat John McCain any differently, despite the fact that Brownstein's wife, former CNN producer Eileen McMenamin, has become the Arizona senator's communications director. "I am confident that her new job will not affect my judgments," he wrote.

The daughter of Tom Oliphant of the Boston Globe worked on the Kerry campaign.

Fox News named Greg Kelly, Son of the NYPD Commissioner, Raymond Kelly as its White House correspondent.

OTHER

2011 - Maine Senator Collins bought a house on Capitol Hill with a major Washington lobbyist.

Ninety minutes before leaving office, Alaska Governor Fran Murkowski named his son-in-law to the board of the Alaska Railroad.

Rep. John Sarbanes is the son of former Senator Paul Sarbanes. He did not mention his father in his campign web biography.

Former Senator Gordon Smith (R Oregon) had a brother Milan Smith who was appointed by Bush to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Senator Joseph Biden's youngest son R. Hunter Biden is a Washington lobbyist/lawyer connected to the National Group.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 2005 Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.: Wife Laurie Stupak earned about $36,000 annually the past two years as the finance director for her husband's campaign.

- Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio: Wife Elizabeth was paid about $1,730 a month during his 2004 campaign. She has worked as a campaign consultant for him since the 2001 election cycle.

- Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah: Three college-age children worked on his campaign last year. Emily was paid $5,425, Jane $9,508 and Laura $17,766.

- New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop: Daughter Molly was paid $46,995 as his 2004 campaign's finance director.

EVAN LEHMANN, BENNINGTON BANNER, VT - Rep. Bernard Sanders used campaign donations to pay his wife and stepdaughter more than $150,000 for campaign-related work since 2000, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Jane O'Meara Sanders, his wife, received $91,020 between 2002 and 2004 for "consultation" and for negotiating the purchase of television and radio time-slots for Sanders' advertisements, according to records and interviews. 4/05

DANA MILBANK, WASHINGTON POST, 2005 -Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Connie Mack (R-Fla.) and Rush D. Holt (D-N.J.), [had] fathers [who] were senators . . . Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah), fathers were governors; Stephanie Herseth (D-S.D.), grandfather was governor; and William Shuster (R-Pa.), Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-N.C.), John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), Charles Bass (R-N.H.), James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.), Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), fathers all served in the House. . . Siblings: Rep. John T. Salazar (D-Colo.) and Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.), and Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) (sons of a former Cuban senator). Then there are the Udall boys: Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is son of former congressman and presidential candidate Morris Udall, cousin of Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) -- whose father was a Cabinet secretary -- and cousin of Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). . . James M. Jeffords (I-Vt.), father was chief justice of the state supreme court

Kimberly Dorgan, the wife of then Senator Bryon Dorgan, was a lobbyist with the American Council of Life Insurers, which spent $3.36 million to lobby in 2002

Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) has had five ancestors or relatives represent New Jersey before him.

Senator Chris Dodd is the son of the later Senator Thomas Dodd

Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) is the son of a senator

Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is the son of a senator.

Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), is the wife John R. McKernan Jr. who was Maine governor.

Alaska governor Frank Murkowski appointed his daughter Lisa Murkowski to his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) is the daughter of a Missouri governor.

Lincoln D. Chafee (R-R.I.) is the son of John Chafee who was a senator.

Trent Lott's son is a Senate lobbyist

Reps. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) are widows

Seantor John Kyl, R-AZ., is the son of former Rep. John H. Kyl

Rep. Tom Allen, D-Maine, served on the Portland City Council, as did his father and grandfather.

Brad Barton, son of Republican Rep., Joe Barton, is running for Congress in Texas. Armey is running for his father's seat.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez is the son of the late congress member, Henry Gonzalez.

Wisconsin mayor Ed Thompson - brother of former Governor Tommy Thompson - has announced his bid for the 2002 Libertarian gubernatorial nomination.

Senator Evan Bayh is the son of the late Senator Birch Bayh. The younger Bayh does not mention this fact in his online biography.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) is the son of U.S. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Another son, Andrew, lobbies for Altria as does Roy Blunt's wife.

Nepotism is now being used as a way to get around term limits. For example Ohio freshman state senator Timothy Grendell has replaced his wife who sat in the seat for eight years. In Michigan three women were elected to the state legislature after their husbands left because of term limits. Also one in Florida and Maine, two in Arizona and one in Oregon, where House Speaker Karen Minnis took the seat of her husband in 1998. Says political scientist Iva Deutchman, "That's one of the wonderful things about politicians. When they change the rules, they figure out new ways to break the rules."

William Weld, the former Massachusetts government is the great grandson-in-law of Theodore Roosevelt.

Rep. Jim Davis, D-Fla: father was a judge, his grandfather a
mayor.

Senator Jean Carnahan is a widow whose husband died while on the stump for the seat she now holds. Political necromancy is exceedingly popular in America for reasons that have never been explained.

Rep.William L. "Lacy" Clay Jr. is the son of former Rep. William J. "Bill" Clay.

Maine Senator Olympia Snow is the wife of former Maine governor John McKernan Jr.

Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is the son of former Connecticut Senator Thomas Dodd.

Allegheny County PA coroner Cyril Wecht's son David is register of wills.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), is the daughter of former congressman Edward Roybal

Pennsylvania Auditor General Robert Casey is the son of former Governor Robert Casey.

The mayor of Warren MI, Mark Steenbergh, hired the wife and mother-in-law of Deputy Mayor Mike Greiner for his staff

Dearborn, Mayor Michael Guido's chief of staff for more than 12 years was his cousin.

U.S. Rep John Dingell's son John D. Dingell has been a member of congress since 1955

U.S. Rep. John Lesinski's son John Lesinski was a member of Congress until defeated in a primary in 1964.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin's brother Sander is a member of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono's widow Mary is a member of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Thomas J. D'Alesandro, Jr.'s daughter Nancy Pelosi is a member of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Dan Mica's brother John is a member of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Philip M. Crane's brother Daniel B. Crane was a three-term member of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater's son Barry was a member of Congress.

U.S. Rep. John J. Rhodes' son John J. Rhodes III was a member of Congress from Arizona.

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV's uncle was Vice President Nelson Rockefeller

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Five-term incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will face a challenge from a distant member of his own family, Green Party candidate Julian Hatch, in the November 2006 election. The Green Party of Utah announced Friday that the 51-year-old environmental activist and disabled veteran accepted the party's nomination at a convention this week. "I am opposing my own relative so citizens of Utah will finally have a real choice since Democrats have adopted so many Republican policy positions in recent years," said Hatch,

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 With at least 18 senators, dozens of House members and several administration officials boosted by family legacies, modern-day Washington sometimes resembles the court of Louis XIV without the powdered wigs. . . At least seven of the 41 new House members are relatives of prominent politicians. These legacies take office along with the newly reelected president, who is the grandson of a senator, son of a president and brother of a governor. . . According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 45 women have been elected to Congress to fill vacancies created by their husbands' death - Dana Milbank Washington Post, 2005

ALASKA

Senator Lisa Murkowski's father was a senator for three decades.and was also a one term governor.

ARKANSAS

Senator Mark Pryor's father was a senator, governor and congressman.

CALIFORNIA

Alan Lowenthal is in the state senate of California. His ex-wife Bonnie is on the Long Beach city council. Alan's son Daniel has announced for a Los Angeles Superior Court judgeship, Daniel's wife Suja is president of the Long Beach school district, and Alan and Bonnie's other son, Josh, is considering a run for the Long Beach city council

LA TIMES, 2005 - At least 39 members of Congress have engaged in the controversial practice of paying their spouses, children or other relatives out of campaign funds, or have hired companies in which a family member had a financial interest, records and interviews show. House campaign funds have paid more than $3 million to lawmakers' relatives over the last two election cycles, records show. . .

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, whose wife, Rhonda, is now paid $40,000 a year to run his campaign. Over the last four years, she has received $114,894, records show.

Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R) paid his wife and brother $357,325 from his political fund over the last four years for duties listed as bookkeeping, fundraising, consulting and other unspecified services, records show. The amount paid to Pombo's family members in the last election cycle was more than his opponent spent on his entire campaign. Pombo declined to be interviewed.

- The campaign fund of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) paid $251,853 to her husband's firm, according to the candidate's campaign filings. She was followed by Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-North Hollywood), $205,500; Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego), $154,504; and Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), $152,362.

- Altogether, at least 10 lawmakers in the 53-member California House delegation have hired family members, according to records and interviews.

- Rep. Pete Stark (D-Hayward) paid his wife, Deborah, $119,000 from his campaign fund over the last four years to serve as his campaign manager, records show. In the last election, she earned $2,400 a month as campaign manager and was awarded a $2,400 bonus.

- In addition, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) paid her son, a lawyer, $130,000 over four years to run her political action committee, according to her campaign filings. . .

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is the daughter of former Baltimore mayor Thomas D'Alexandro Jr. and the sister of former Baltimore mayor Thomas D'Alexandro III

Linda Sanchez and Loretta Sanchez are both members of the House effective 2003.

Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland and a former governor, is the son of the late governor, Pat Brown.

- Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif.: Cousin Ken Costa made about $45,000 for serving as a co-campaign manager last year.

- Connecticut Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman: Son Matthew received about $34,000 and daughter Rebecca about $36,000 for working on the senator's 2004 presidential campaign.

- Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.: Nephew Todd Reichert was paid $3,000 in 2004, plus several hundred dollars for mileage, for serving as driver.

ILLINOIS

"You're replacing Rahm Emanuel of Chicago with Bill Daley of Chicago so that Rahm Emanuel can now replace Bill Daley's brother as mayor of Chicago as Daly replaces Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff." -Newt Gingrich, 2011

Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski is the son of Rep. William O. Lipinski (D)

Democratic state representative candidate Kevin Joyce is the son of former state senator Jeremiah Joyce.

Chicago alderman Ike Carrothers is the son of former Alderman Bll Carrothers.

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke is married to state appellate judge Ann Burke

Chicago Alderman Todd Stroger is the son of Cook County Board President John Stroger

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is the son of former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley

Illinois Govrenor Rod Blagojavich is the son-in-law of 33rd ward alderman Richard Mell

Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes is the son of former Cook County Democratic Party chair Tom Hynes

Illinois State Senator Lisa Madigan is the daughter of Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael Madigan.

Illinois State Representative Todd Stroger is the son of Cook County Board President John Stroger

Illinois State Representative Harry Osterman is the son of former State Representative Kathy Osterman

Illinois State Representative Daniel Burke is the brother of Chicago alderman and Chair of the Finance Committee Ed Burke

Illinois State Representative Michael McAuliffe is the son of former State Representative Michael McAuliffe

NEW YORK

NY city council speaker Peter Vallone's son Peter Vallone Jr. won a city council seat in 2001. Councilwoman Una Clarke's daughter, Yvette Clarke, was elected in Flatbush. And Erik Martin Dilán, the son of Councilman Martin Malavé-Dilán, won the Council seat in Bushwick.

NYC Comptroller Alan Hevesi's son is in the state senate.

WEST VIRGINIA

Joe Manchin’s daughter Heather, who never actually earned an MBA, is the CEO of a drug company in part because her father met its co-founder at a basketball game some years ago.

Senator Joe Manchin's uncle was secretary of state and treasurer and his wife is vice president of the state board of education.

REAL INSIDER TRADING

CARL HULSE, NY TIMES, 2005 - With a pierced tongue, a goatee and previous employment as the owner of a record store and label called Seven Dead Arson, the young man is not a typical buttoned-down Washington lobbyist. But Joshua Hastert, 27, does have something increasingly common in lobbying circles - family ties to a Congressional leader. Mr. Hastert is the eldest son of J. Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House. Chester T. Lott Jr., the son of Senator Trent Lott, is a registered lobbyist. Linda Daschle, the wife of Senator Tom Daschle, is a senior public policy adviser at one of Washington's premier lobbying firms, serving aviation interests.

THE BUSHES

Julie Meyers, nominated to be head of customs and immigration enforcement is the wife of the chief of staff of Homeland Security and tne neice of Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The chair of the FCC, Kevin Martin, is married to Catherine Martin, who is a special assistant to the president on economic policy and has worked as an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

George Herbert Bert Walker III, a cousin of the Bush presidents, is U.S. ambassador to Hungary.

ELIZABETH CHENEY, daughter of the vice president is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State For Near Eastern Affairs And Coordinator For Broader Middle East And North Africa Initiatives. Her husband, Philip Perry, is chief counsel for the Office of Management and Budget.

Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. is OMB Director and his sister, Deborah Daniels, is an assistant attorney general.

Bush named the wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) as his labor secretary

Chuck James works at the Justice Department. His wife, Kay Coles James, is the director of the Office of Personnel Management, and his father, Charles Sr., is a top Labor Department official.

Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Labor Department Solicitor Eugene Scalia is the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

George Bush's son George W. is president

George W.'s brother Jeb is governor of Florida

George H.W.'s nephew, John M. Walker Jr, is a judge on the US Court of Appeals.

Bush Secretary of State Powell's son Michael was named chair of the Federal Communications Commission.

COLLATERAL RELATIONS

JOHN KERRY, the 2004 Democratic candidate for president, is a Skull & Bones brother of George W. Bush and is married to the widow of a Republican senator.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

John Sununu, 1st district congressman and newly elected senator, is son of John Sununu, former governor and White House chief of staff.

Charlie Bass, 2nd district congressman is the son of Perkins Bass, former congressman.

Senator Judd Gregg is the son of Hugh Gregg, former governor.