Democrat Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) funneled six figures worth of campaign cash to two of his family members during the 2022 election cycle alone, filings show.
The career politician’s campaign poured tens of thousands of dollars into his son-in-law’s company, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.
He also pumped $100,000 from the campaign coffers to his grandson.
While it’s legal for federal politicians to pay family members from their campaigns, ethics experts have generally disapproved of the practice.
Clyburn’s family payments the last election cycle include $57,500 to 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC for rent expenses, filings show.
That company has close ties to the establishment Democrat congressman’s daughter, Jennifer Clyburn Reed.
According to South Carolina business records, Clyburn Reed’s husband, Walter A Reed, is the registered agent of the limited liability company.
Clyburn also paid out $94,000 to his grandson Walter A.C. Reed during the midterm election cycle.
The large payments were allegedly for “campaign management fees,” his filings further show.
Clyburn has not faced a legitimate threat to his House seat since entering Congress in 1993 and has easily cruised through re-elections in the Palmetto State’s 6th congressional district.
His campaign did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment on the payments.
The high-ranking Democrat was arguably the most pivotal figure behind President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.
During the presidential primary, Clyburn helped swing South Carolina in Biden’s favor.
The move set Biden on his path toward the White House.
And after the 2020 election, Biden nominated the congressman’s daughter, Clyburn Reed, a former teacher, as federal co-chair of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission in 2021.
In December of that year, the Senate narrowly approved her for the position, which works to relieve economic hardship in the southeastern United States.
Clyburn has since come forward with an enthusiastic endorsement for a second Biden term.
“I’m all-in for President Biden,” Clyburn recently told CBS’ Robert Costa in an interview.
“I think he’s demonstrated, in these two years … that he is deserving of re-election.
“And I do believe he will be re-elected irrespective of who the Republicans, they put up.”
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