Florida Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings in under investigation for overpaying staff—in particular his longtime girlfriend, Patricia Williams. The story came to light when the Washington Free Beacon posted the facts in a news report on March 9. In response, the congressional watchdog group, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), filed the complaint March 20.
Patricia Williams currently serves as the Deputy District Director in the Representative’s Broward County, Florida office. She receives the maximum amount allowed by a congressional staffer, $168,000 per year, even though she does not have the most responsibility in the office. She makes more even than Hastings’ D.C. chief of staff, traditionally the highest paid position in a congressional office.
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