DECATUR, Ga. -- More than $70,000 in campaign money has gone from Congressman Hank Johnson's campaign into the pocket of the congressman's wife, Mereda Davis Johnson. Rep. Johnson says his wife has earned every penny.
Democrat Hank Johnson was first elected to Congress following a memorable primary runoff in 2006 over the fiery incumbent Cynthia McKinney. Two years later, Rep. Johnson put his wife Mereda on the campaign payroll-- even though Johnson was the only congressman in the state to run for re-election with no ballot opposition. Federal election records show Johnson's campaign paid Mereda Davis Johnson $8250 in 2006. Mrs. Johnson has remained a presence on the payroll ever since.