Clipped From Garden City Telegram
Jack Anderson All In The Family WASHINGTON — In times past, members of Congress bolstered their family finances by putting relatives on the public payroll. This hoary practice, called nepotism, was outlawed in 1967. But many crafty congressmen have found there's more than one way to skin the taxpayers. Now they put one another's realtives on the payroll, an exercise in payroll juggling that somehow has gone unnoticed. We have shaken the congressional payroll and a number of relatives have fallen out like overripe fruit from a tree. Thus Congress is still partly a family affair. Our associates Jack Cloherty and Bob Owens have been searching the pay lists and matching up names. Here's how some of the jigsaw pieces fit together: — Rep. John McFall, D.- Calif., the No. 3 man on the Democratic totem pole, has placed two daughters on the congressional payroll under the patronage of obliging colleagues. Alicia McFall has a permanet job with the House. International Relations Committee; Sarah McFall is an intern with the House Post Office Committee. — McFall's counterpart on the Republican side, Rep. Robert Michel, R.-I11, slipped the daughter of his colleague, Rep. Edward Derwinski, R.- 111., on his congressional payroll last year. Michel gave Maureen Derwinski a summer job. — Rep. Jim Wright, D- Texas, a contender next year for the post of majority leader, has his wife* Betty as a $23,000- a-year administrative assistant on a Public Works subcommittee. — Rep. Mel Price, D.-I11., the former House Ethics chairman, wangled a $17,000- a-year job on Capitol Hill for his brother Raymond. — Amiable, accommodating Rep. John Dent, D.-Pa., has provided jobs for the daughters of two colleagues, Rep. Richard Ichord, D.-Mo., and Robert Giaimo, D.-Conn. — Rep. Bill Clay, D.-Mo., hunted up summer jobs for two of his children last year. He placed a daughter with Rep. Louis Stokes, D.-Ohio, and planted a son with Rep. Charles Wilson, D.-Calif. — No one knows how to play the nepotism game under the new rules better than Rep. Joe Skubitz, R.-Kan! He arranged a summer job for his granddaughter with Rep. Don Young, R.-Alaska, then added: to his own payroll the daughter of Rep. William Broomfield, R.-Mich. — Rep. Spark Matsunaga, D.-Hawaii, has managed to get his brother Andrew on the payroll at $15,000 a year. The congressman also swung a job for his son as a House page. — Rep. Tom Kindness, R.- Ohio, true to his name, employed the daughter of Rep. Tenneson Guyer, R-Ohio, as a receptionist. She found employment with Kindness after an earlier stint with Rep. William Powell, R-Ohio. — Rep. - Richard Vander Veen, D-Mich., who took over Gerald Ford's old seat, wasted no time using his congressional connections to geta page job for his son. — Rep. Gus Yatron, D.-Pa., found his son a spot as a summer intern with the House Administration Committee. The boy later worked part time while he was attending law school. —Rep. Ed Jones, D-Tenn., a member of the House Administration Committee, helped find his son-in-law an auditor's job on the committee by introducing him to former Chairman Wayne Hays, D- ,0hio. — Rep. Otto Passman, D- La., the stingiest man in Congress with foreign aid money, is more generous with the taxpayers' money when it comes to his family. .He arranged an $18,000-a-year House job for his brother Otis. — Other congressmen, whose family planning we have uncovered, are Bill Ford, D.-Mich., and Ed Patten, DN. J. Ford's wife works for the House Administration Committee and Patten's wife is a secretary in his office. This is legal, in her case, because she had the job before the 1967 law took effect. Most working relatives, it should be noted, probably earn their pay. But it is contrary to the intent, if not the letter of the law for them to be on the congressional payroll. The real charity cases, however, are fallen colleagues. These are the congressmen who are put out of office by their constituents but who stay on Capitol Hill on the payroll of sympathetic friends. House Republican leader John Rhodes, R-Ariz., for example, felt sorry for ex- Rep. Dick Shoup, R-Mont, and put him on the payroll for, a time. Rep. Norman Lent, R- N.Y., took in former Rep. Larry Hogan, R-Md. .. Congressional salaries, keeping pace with inflation, have steadily risen to the present pinnacle of $44,625 a 'year. This is considered ample in most constituencies to keep the wolf from the door. But our enterprising legislators have been able to improve their bank balances, despite the antinepotism law, by playing hide-and-seek with the congressional payroll.