Washington Free Beacon: Rep. Gregory Meeks Pays Company Owned by Chief of Staff’s Wife With Campaign Funds

(From The Washington Free Beacon)

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) has paid more than $150,000 to a company owned by the wife of his New York chief of staff since 2008, a review of campaign finance records shows.

Meeks, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1998, has employed Robert Simmons in his New York office as chief of staff since 2006. Simmons is the second highest-paid staffer on Meeks’ payroll, earning a yearly salary of around $95,000, according to data from Legistorm.

Robert Simmons’ wife, Patsy, is listed as the treasurer for Friends for Gregory Meeks, the congressman’s campaign committee. Campaign committee treasurers are typically unpaid friends of the politician.

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