Photo: Investigation Finds Rep. Reyes Family Received $600k from his Campaign
During an investigation by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) it was revealed that U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes gave both himself and his family more than $600,000 from campaign funds.
CREW, which claims the reimbursements undermine public trust, named Rep. Reyes (D-TX) as the representative with the most reimbursements to himself and members of his family.
According to CREW’s report titled Family Affair, Reyes’ campaign committee reimbursed him more than $261,000 between his 2008 and 2010 campaigns.
Family members were paid as follows:
-Veronica Cintron (niece): $318,675 for various services throughout the campaigns
-Jesus Reyes (brother): $3185 for campaign fundraising services and operating costs
-Martha “Marty” Reyes (sister-in-law): $1000 donation for her school board campaign in the Ysleta Independent School District
-Guillermo “Willie” Cintron (relationship unknown): paid $15,500 for working as Rep. Reyes’ leadership PAC treasurer
In total, Reyes’ campaign paid his family $338,360, That, totaled with what Reyes himself was paid, is just over $600,000 of campaign money that went straight back into him own family.
However, CREW’s study found that the eight-term member of Congress who represents Texas’ 16th congressional district is only one of “248 House members used their positions to financially benefit themselves or family members.”
This report shows lawmakers still haven’t learned it is wrong to trade on their positions as elected leaders to benefit themselves and their families,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Conduct like this reinforces the widely held view that members of Congress are more interested in enriching themselves than in public service. Family Affair highlights these practices.”
Click here to read CREW’s full report on the “Nepotism in Congress”