Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) paid his wife more than $100,000 from his campaign funds during the 2016 election cycle, campaign finance records show.
Soraida Gutierrez, Luis’s wife, worked as a lobbyist in Illinois from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, Soraida joined Luis’s campaign committee, Gutierrez for Congress. Soraida has since collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Gutierrez’s campaign coffers.
The first time Soraida worked in a capacity for the campaign, in 2010, she hauled in $44,000 from Gutierrez for Congress and was the top recipient in campaign cash.
Soraida then pocketed $93,000 from the campaign committee in 2012. This amount made her the top recipient of campaign funds throughout the cycle yet again. Gutierrez’s campaign committee disbursed $383,848 in 2012, meaning that Soraida’s payments made up around 25 percent of all expenditures that election cycle.
Soraida was then paid $110,000 during the 2014 election cycle. Soraida was again the top recipient of campaign cash.