Clyburn Inc.: South Carolina Democrats offer family members more than $200,000 from campaign funds

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FIRST ON FOX: House Majority Whip James Clyburn has paid numerous family members more than $200,000 in campaign money in recent years, according to a Fox News Digital review of campaign records.

The South Carolina Democrat’s campaign expenses went to five relatives, including two of his daughters, their husbands and a grandson, records show.

One family member benefiting from his campaign operations is Jennifer Clyburn Reed, Rep. Clyburn’s daughter, who pocketed $45,000 for “campaign management fees” between July and December 2020.

Jennifer also banked tens of thousands of dollars for “office rent.” The rent checks, however, are not made out directly to her name, but rather directed to a limited liability company she owns.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn has paid many family members more than $200,000 in campaign money in recent years.
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Clyburn’s campaign has paid $62,500 in rent to a company called 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC since March 2020, according to federal records. According to South Carolina business records, Jennifer Clyburn Reed’s husband, Walter A Reed, is the registered agent for the limited liability company.

The address reported by the company is identical to Jennifer and Walter’s former home address, which the couple purchased in February 2003 but appear to have sold in July 2021, according to Richland County property records.

A $650 payment for “office maintenance lighting” was also made to Walter in May 2021, just two months before the couple appeared to have sold their home. The couple’s LLC received its final campaign rent check from Representative Clyburn for $7,500 in the first quarter of 2022.

Rep. Clyburn’s campaign records further show that Angela Hannibal, another of his daughters, raised more than $20,000 for truck rentals, canvassing, voter outreach and catering between April 2018 and October 2019. .

Angela’s husband, Cecil Hannibal, also pocketed nearly $70,000 from Rep. Clyburn’s campaign committee for community and district outreach and travel reimbursements.

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Clyburn, one of Washington's leading Democrats, was perhaps the most important figure in President Biden's 2020 campaign.
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Clyburn, one of Washington’s leading Democrats, was perhaps the most important figure in President Biden’s 2020 campaign.
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Rep. Clyburn also paid his grandson, Walter AC Reed, thousands of dollars a month for “campaign management fees.” Reed received six payments totaling $21,000 from his grandfather’s campaign committee during the first quarter of 2022. His checks date back to October 2021 and exceed $35,000.

Rep. Clyburn, in total, has donated more than $200,000 of his campaign funds to family members. Clyburn’s campaign did not respond to a Fox News Digital inquiry into the payments.

Clyburn, one of Washington’s leading Democrats, was perhaps the most important figure in President Biden’s 2020 campaign. The influential South Carolina Democrat helped swing the 2020 Democratic primary in Biden’s favor in Palmetto State and put him on the path to the White House.

President Biden named Clyburn’s daughter, Jennifer Clyburn Reed, a former teacher, as federal co-chair of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission last year. In December, the Senate narrowly approved her for the post, which is aimed at alleviating economic hardship in the southeastern United States.

Since entering Congress in 1993, Clyburn has faced no legitimate threats to her House seat and sailed easily through reelection in South Carolina’s 6th congressional district.

MAXINE WATERS PAYS ANOTHER GIRL $24,000 IN CAMPAIGN CASH, ADDING TO $1.2M IN PREVIOUS PAYMENTS

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) arrives for a House Democratic Caucus meeting to choose leaders for the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, November 28, 2018.

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) arrives for a House Democratic Caucus meeting to choose leaders for the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, November 28, 2018.
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Both Democrats and Republicans have paid loved ones with campaign contributions over the years. While it’s legal for federal lawmakers to employ family members in campaigns, the practice is generally frowned upon by ethics experts.

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Fox News Digital reported last week that Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, paid her daughter an additional $24,000 in the first quarter of 2022, adding to more than $1.2 million the Waters campaign paid to Karen Waters for the “Slate Shipment Management” fee. and “campaign management services”.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is another Democrat who used her campaign funds to cover a parent with cash. Omar’s campaign has doled out nearly $3 million to her husband Tim Mynett’s political consultancy, the E Street Group, over several years. As Omar’s campaign stopped paying her husband’s consulting firm in November 2020, Fox News Digital reported last week that the E Street group had received its first federal committee payment in more than a year, which had been sent by a committee linked to Omar.

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