Lobbying groups employed 30 family members last year to influence spending bills that their relatives with ties to the House and Senate appropriations committees oversaw or helped write
Add those deals up and it comes to millions of dollars in fees for themselves or their firms.
USA Today looked at family ties between lobbyists and the 94 members of the House and Senate appropriations committees. They also examined connections with 250 top staffers who serve those members.
Reporters plowd through "thousands of pages of financial disclosures and lobbyist registrations, property records, marriage announcements and other public documents." All to identify which lawmakers and staffers had relatives in the lobbying business. (USAToday, thanks to IRE)