Top Democrat James Clyburn Caught Pumping Campaign Cash to Relatives
House majority whip funnelled over $200,000 to family members
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, has been caught pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash to his relatives.
House Majority Whip Clyburn has reportedly funneled over $200,000 in campaign cash to multiple family members in recent years.
The shady misuse of funding was unearthed in financial documents obtained by Fox News.
Clyburn's campaign expenditures reveal that the number two Democrat in the House showered five relatives with huge payouts.
The family members have enjoyed whopping paydays by draining the coffers after Clyburn's hefty campaign hauls, equaling upwards of $200,000.
Those relatives include two of his daughters, their husbands, and a grandson, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.
The Democrat’s daughter, Jennifer Clyburn Reed, has taken in $45,000 under “consulting” and "campaign management fees” from July and December 2020, according to FEC records.
Fox noted that she has also taken in tens of thousands in “office rent,” but the checks are made out to a limited liability company her husband owns rather than making the checks out to them personally.
The campaign has spent $62,500 on rent to a company called 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC since March 2020.
Business records from the state show that Jennifer Clyburn Reed’s husband, Walter A Reed, is the agent on the LLC.
The address from the LLC is the same as Jennifer and Walter’s former home address, which the two purchased in February 2003 but sold the property in April 2021, according to Richland County property records.
Payments were reportedly also made to Walter for $650 in May 2021 for “office maintenance lighting.”
The campaign’s most recent payment to the LLC was this past fundraising quarter worth $7,500.
Another daughter, Angela Hannibal, has taken in more than $20,000 for truck rentals, canvassing, voter outreach, and catering between April 2018 to October 2019, according to FEC records.
Angela Hannibal’s husband, Cecil Hannibal, has also taken in about $70,000 for community and district outreach and travel reimbursements from the campaign committee.
Lastly, Clyburn’s grandson Walter A.C. Reed has received six payments totaling $21,000 from the campaign committee during the first quarter of 2022 for a “campaign management fee.”
Overall, Fox News reports that checks to his grandson date back to October 2021 and add up to $35,000.
Clyburn, a top Democrat in the Capitol and who held influence over Joe Biden during the 2020 election, has also appeared to get presidential favors granted for his family.
One of his daughters, Jennifer Clyburn Reed, was nominated by Biden to be a federal co-chair of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission last year and was only narrowly confirmed by the Senate.