Culture of corruption, Milwaukee edition

Keeping it all in the family:

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore’s campaign is quickly becoming a family business.

Not only does the Milwaukee Democrat have her sister Brenda on the campaign payroll to the tune of nearly $40,000 annually, as we reported last year, but Moore now has brought on her 27-year-old son, Sowande Omokunde, also known as Supreme Solar Allah.

Recent campaign reports show Moore, who was easily re-elected to a second term, paid her son $1,500 in October for political consulting. Omokunde told others that he was the campaign’s deputy field director.

Neither the congresswoman nor her sister returned calls Friday.

As you may recall, Omokunde was one of four Democratic staffers who pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for slashing tires on 25 vans hours before Republican Party officials were to use them to drive voters to the polls on election day 2004. In April, Omokunde was sentenced to four months in jail and fined $1,000 for his role in the much-publicized caper.

But he obviously had a soft landing. How many other criminals can walk out of jail and into a job on a congressional campaign payroll?

Hat tip: Jessica McBride

Flashback: Jail time for tire-slashers