Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill took office in 2007. Since that time, businesses backed by her husband have received more than $131 million from the federal government.  The Daily Caller has the details:

McCaskill’s husband, Joseph Shepard, earned at least $365,374 in personal income in 2017 alone thanks to his investments in federally subsidized affordable housing projects. A “growing percentage” of Shepard’s personal dividends are from federally subsidized businesses he has recently invested in, reported The Kansas City Star.

There is no indication that McCaskill used her influence to funnel funds to businesses that her husband invested in. This is not the first time that the senator, who has a combined net worth with her husband of more than $30 million, has faced backlash because of finances.

McCaskill was criticized in June when, after advertising that she would embark on a pro-veterans tour of her state by RV, it was revealed she had been traveling by private plane. McCaskill spent more than $3,000 to use the private plane on the “RV tour.” She spent $117,000 in total on private air travel between April and June, reported the Washington Free Beacon.

So, are we really supposed to believe that it’s just a coincidence that McCaskill’s husband is getting all of this federal money?  And by “federal money,” I mean, our taxpayer money?

Not surprisingly, McCaskill is distancing herself from her husband’s financial dealings, claiming she has nothing to do with his investments.  But previously, she has been quoted as saying, “We are married, and we share everything…Some have implied that the assets of my family don’t belong to me. That notion is pretty archaic.”

You know what else is archaic and should be put on the dusty shelves of history?

Funneling money to yourself when you have an unfair advantage.

Image Credit: Senator Claire McCaskill on Flickr

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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