There has been widespread media coverage about family members cashing in on the elected fortunes of nationally recognized political leaders. These leaders include Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Donald Trump. However, as you will see, you do not have to be the son, daughter, or spouse of the President of the US or the Speaker of the House to take advantage of opportunities that come when a family member is in elected office.
There are plenty of opportunities for relatives of lesser-known members of Congress to reap financial benefits. These members of Congress make the news with the routine business of introducing bills, endorsing candidates, and running campaigns, but avoid the media scrutiny of decisions and actions that benefit family members.
A new report from the Government Accountability Institute explores the family ties that bind to House Minority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. John Boozman (R-MT).