Clyburn Campaign Paid Grandson Over $86K In ‘Management’ fees, filings

Federal politicians are legally allowed to use campaign money to pay family members, but ethics experts generally frown upon the practice.

  • South Carolina Democrat Rep. James Clyburn paid his grandson more than $86,000 in “campaign management” fees and over $50,000 in rent to a company run by the congressman’s son-in-law during the 2022 midterms, according to federal election filings.
  • Clyburn, former House Majority Whip, paid grandson Walter A. Clyburn Reed $7,000 a month from December 2021 until the 2022 election, with the exception of one month in which Reed received only $3,500, Federal Election Commission data shows.
  • From October 2021 until November 2022, Reed received $86,500 in “campaign management” fees for his grandfather’s campaign, according to data.
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