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Joe The Plumber Is A Professional Campaigner

'Professional' in that he gets paid to campaign. Literally.

An interesting bit of campaign info regarding Joe the Plumber:
Congressional candidate Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (aka "Joe the Plumber") is paying himself a salary from campaign funds, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed today.

Campaign spokesman Roman Schroeder says Wurzelbacher, of Holland, is paying himself a $5,000-per-month salary because he's had to stop working to campaign full time.

"The salary is significantly less than what he made as a plumber," Schroeder told The Plain Dealer. "The reason why candidates accept salaries from campaigns, particularly working-class candidates, is that they can't run unless they can support themselves."

A Plain Dealer review of FEC records shows the GOP candidate for a congressional district that stretches along Lake Erie between Toledo and Cleveland first collected a "candidate salary" on Nov. 10, when he paid himself $1,000. FEC records show he also collected $3,842 "candidate salary" payments on Dec. 15 and Dec. 31.

"It's relatively unusual for candidates to draw salaries from their campaign committees," says Viveca Novak of the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog group. "However, it's legal, and the provision was designed to help make it possible for candidates who aren't wealthy to run for office."
Legal? Sure. But, if I were donating to his campaign for U.S. Congress, I would really want to know if my money was going to support the campaign -- or if it was being used to buy Mr. Wurzelbacher another stick of Right Guard.

Just sayin'.