Political allies and former aides of Rep. Chaka Fattah were paid at least $5.8-million in wages from 2001 to 2012 to nonprofit organizations the congressman established or supported, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
The newspaper reviewed tax filings by groups associated with the 10-term Philadelphia Democrat, a member of the House Appropriations Committee who has steered millions of taxpayer dollars to the organizations. Mr. Fattah's nonprofits have been subject to prolonged inquiries by federal investigators.
The article lists about a dozen friends, family members, and ex-staffers who have received salaries or contract awards from groups involved in education, gun safety, urban policy, and other issues. "The fact that people around me are interested in helping people, I wear that as a badge of honor," Mr. Fattah said.