Members of Congress, often hard-pressed for campaign funds, are finding that family members, especially wives, can play a valuable role in advancing their political careers. Adding to Tom DeLay's troubles, for example, are revelations that wife Christine and daughter Danielle Ferro were paid $500,000 beginning in 2001 for working on the embattled Texas congressman's campaign and political action committees. Christine also worked for a lobbying firm that got client referrals from Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist at the center of a growing scandal on Capitol Hill. (A DeLay attorney said there is no connection between Christine's private job and working on DeLay's campaign.) The revelations infuriated DeLay, who defended paying the women money, saying, "My wife and daughter have any right, just like any other American, to be employed and be compensated for their employment. It is not unusual or illegal for lawmakers to put relatives on the campaign payrolls as long as they work... More >>>