Rep. Doug Lamborn employs wife for re-election campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For Rep. Doug Lamborn, running for re-election is a family business.

Since 2011, the Colorado Springs Republican's wife, Jean Lamborn, has collected more than $37,000 in salary for working for her husband's campaign -- a practice allowed by the Federal Election Commission but one raising eyebrows among government watchdog groups.

Jean Lamborn makes $38 an hour and does everything from book-keeping to organizing the fundraising, Lamborn's spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said.

The fourth-term congressman did not grant an interview for this story, but Mortensen said via e-mail that Jean Lamborn is a critical member of her husband's campaign team.

"Mrs. Lamborn's efforts have been highly successful," Mortensen said. "The campaign has not yet been able to find anyone as effective as Mrs. Lamborn."

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