Friday, April 21, 2006

The Doolittles' Rich Deal

The Doolittles' Rich Deal: "The Doolittles' Rich Deal
How one congressional couple collected campaign checks -- and put $215,000 in their pockets

Friday, April 21, 2006; Page A22

IMAGINE THAT every time members of Congress received a $1,000 campaign contribution, they could skim $150 off the top and put it straight into their personal bank accounts. Sound shady? That is, in effect, how Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) and his wife, Julie, operate. According to our review of campaign finance records, Mrs. Doolittle has received at least $215,000 from Mr. Doolittle's various campaign committees since 2001. This doesn't include $6,800 in payments to another of Mrs. Doolittle's companies, Events Plus, before she started doing his fundraising work. She's taken in nearly $100,000 during the 2006 campaign alone."

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