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California: Rep. Doolittle's wife earns commissions from his fundraising

AP reports: Raising money for Rep. John Doolittle's political campaigns has generated more than $136,000 in commissions for the congressman's wife over the past three years, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The arrangement between the Roseville Republican and Julie Doolittle's company, Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions, is not illegal, but it has sparked an ethics complaint from an activist group, according to a report in The Sacramento Bee.

The disclosure follows the resignation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham this month on bribery charges and the ongoing investigation into the business dealings of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

A group calling itself Californians for a Cleaner Congress, funded by labor and Democratic-leaning groups but officially nonpartisan, issued an open letter to Doolittle criticizing his fundraising activities and raising question about his wife's commissions. -- Congressman's wife earns $136,000 raising money for husband

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