Doolittle Bows to Pressure

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), apparently taking a lesson from his very weak re-election numbers and widespread concerns over he and his wife's ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has decided to no longer employ his wife as his main campaign fundraiser. Doolittle drew criticism for employing her at a commission, directing 15% of all donations towards their household income.

 

Doolittle looks to be working to fix his tarnished reputation with these and other promises to be more accountable to his constituents. His ties to Jack Abramoff are numerous, and his wife was retained by Abramoff to hold a fundraiser for his Capital Athletic Foundation.

 

The practice of paying fundraisers on commission is viewed by most professional fundraisers as unethical.