It appears that Claire McCaskill’s family benefited from government subsidies directly related to her votes in the Senate. Her husband’s businesses over the years have been real estate ventures relying on payments from state and federal government; nursing homes that rely on state Medicaid payments and subsidised low-income apartments. According to the Associated Press:

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office, but McCaskill’s campaign said Tuesday that none of that money made it into the family’s personal bank accounts.

McCaskill’s Republican challenger, Rep. Todd Akin, says the federal payments should be a cause for concern among voters. He’s attempting to portray the Democratic senator’s family as a prime beneficiary of government largesse.

“There is a conflict of interest and a breach of trust with the citizens of our state,” Akin said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Note that even if the money was not paid to McCaskill’s family, it was used to improve their properties and maintain their businesses, threrfore increasing their net worth. Further, instead of paying income taxes in the property, they only have to pay reduced capital gains taxes instead. Sweet!

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