Former U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, a Democratic casualty of a GOP surge last November, gave his staffers hefty bonuses on his way out of office, according to today’s Macon Telegraph – as did retiring U.S. Rep. John Linder:
According to an analysis by LegiStorm, a nonpartisan organization that tracks congressional money matters, after losing his re-election bid, Marshall doled out more than $230,000 more in salary than in previous quarters — money that was then divided among 17 departing staffers.
In some cases, the staffers had taken leave to work on his campaign.
Marshall’s was one of the largest percentages of payroll increases of all outgoing members of Congress.
“This is common practice for representatives,” said Doug Moore, a former Marshall spokesman. “When people lose an election and it was not something they were expecting, they have to let their whole staff go. Jim was always very clear with regard to salary. He never paid top of the line for salary even for Capitol Hill. The caveat was, ‘If I lose, I effectively will give you a severance.’ It’s the same thing in corporate America.”
Marshall, like colleagues on both sides of the aisle, paid staffers bonuses, but he also returned a small amount of unused money from his salary budget to the U.S. Treasury.
Similarly, retired Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, gave out more than $170,000 more in salary to staffers than in the previous quarters.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider