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FEC Ruling Allows Mothers Running For Office To Use Campaign Funds For Childcare

May 10, 2018 - 5:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Federal Election Commission ruling issued Thursday will allow mothers who run for office to use campaign funds for child care expenses.

As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, Liuba Grechen Shirley of Amityville is running in a Democratic congressional primary on Long Island. She called it game-changer.

“The average age of women who run for office is 52 years old. Most will wait till they’re grown and off to school before they even consider running,” she said. “We’re missing a critical voice.”

Grechen Shirley said running for office should not be limited to millionaires.

“And it’s just the start of important conversations that we need to be having,” she said.

Grechen Shirley’s children are 2 and 3 years old, and their babysitter works about 17 hours a week.

The ruling allows the campaign to treat the babysitter like any other employee on the campaign.