Swalwell paid about $17,000 to babysitters from Nov. 14, 2022, through the end of the year, Federal Election Commission disclosures show. One post-election payment to the Swalwells’ regular California nanny ran $7,841. A Washington Free Beacon review of average California nanny rates concluded that this payment would have purchased 320 hours, or 13 days of child care. While candidates are allowed to use campaign funds to pay for child care while on the trail, doing so after an election raises ethical questions, according to Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust executive director Kendra Arnold.
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