Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser for his daughter Chelsea's mother-in-law, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D-Pa.), in the hopes of putting her over the top in a competitive Democratic primary for a Philadelphia-area House seat, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.
The fundraiser, which will be held in April, will provide critical funds for Margolies as she campaigns for the primary race in Pennsylvania's 13th District against state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and physician Dr. Val Arkoosh to replace current U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), who is running for governor.
Voters denied Margolies her reelection in 1994 after she cast a decisive vote for Clinton's budget in 1993, which included tax increases.
The candidate's son, Marc Mezvinsky, married Chelsea Clinton in 2010.
HuffPost reported in December on questions surrounding Margolies' pay as founder and president of Women's Campaign International, a nonprofit that promotes getting women involved in leadership and politics:
The charity, Women's Campaign International, aims to get women into leadership and politics around the world, and has been a central part of Margolies' work since her first term as a Pennsylvania congresswoman ended in 1995. The charity has created programs for women abroad, and after lower funding between 2009 and 2011, has regained its financial footing, with more than $2 million in revenue in 2012 putting it back near 2008 levels, as reported in the organization's IRS filings. The tax documents were flagged for HuffPost by Philadelphia blogger Laura Goldman. Margolies has not taken a salary from WCI in 2013, a spokesperson for her campaign said.
Margolies' pay, which reached at least $109,000 from 2009 to 2012, has consistently been above the industry standard. For organizations with budgets from $1 million to $2.5 million, the median compensation for all CEO’s was $94,924 (with women, as in most industries, making less than that), according to Guidestar, which tracks nonprofits.
The primary is scheduled for May 20.
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