A nonprofit group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released a report this week claiming that Kansas GOP Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts – along with 65 other senators – used their positions to financially benefit members of their families. The report, titled “Family Affair,” listed Moran as one of the “worst offenders.” It said that Moran’s campaign committee and political action committee have reimbursed Moran, his wife, his daughter and his son-in-law for more than $134,000 in expenses, and that the son-in-law, Brandon Harder, is employed as a legislative assistant. Garrette Turner, Moran’s communication director, defended the employment of Harder. She told The Eagle that Harder began working for Moran before his engagement and marriage to Moran’s daughter, and that Harder’s knowledge and experience as a Kansas farmer and rancher make him valuable in agriculture outreach and policymaking. The report also said that three members of Roberts’ family are lobbyists or work in government affairs, though it presented no evidence that they got those positions because of Roberts. – Phillip Brownlee
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