Friday, June 16, 2006

WIFE ON THE POLITICAL PAYROLL --
The pathetic state of Congressional ethics is that such nepotic profiteering is deemed legal so long as the compensation is "consistent with the market rate." Questions have gone unanswered about whether Julie Doolittle [wife of Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.)] has any real experience in the field. Professional fund-raising associations have condemned payment by commission as unethical, but Mr. Doolittle's office defends it as legal and based on "tireless and effective work."
Mr. Doolittle offered an amendment to kill all public financing of political campaigns, which raised the ire of the NYT ed board.