Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) has spent more than $400,000 in campaign funds to his wife since she first appeared on his campaign’s payroll.
His wife, Soraida Gutierrez joined Gutierrez for Congress seven years ago. Since then, she has been the campaign’s office manager, treasurer, fundraiser and the top recipient of cash from the committee on numerous occasions.
According to Federal Election Commission, for the last six months, Gutierrez’s campaign has made $30,000 worth of payments to his wife and his committee reported $72,000 in expenditures.
Soraida is paid in part for providing fundraising services for the campaign and took in a total of $385,000 in payments from her husband’s campaign. Hat means that she has now been paid $415,000 from Gutierrez for Congress.
In 2010, she was given $44,000 from her husband’s campaign and was the top recipient of cash from the committee that cycle. Two years later, she was paid $93,000 from the committee, again making her the top recipient of campaign cash. Another two years later, she was again the top recipient as she hauled in $110,000 and during the 2016 cycle, her payments increased to $125,856.