MN-08 : It’s A Bonus To Work For Cravaack

Staff salaries for Raymond Cravaack (R-MN-08) increased substantially from $193,958 in the third quarter to $257,395 in the fourth quarter.

This can partially be explained by changes in personnel and personnel assignments (theoretically, employees gaining more responsibility receive more compensation) but the other factor could be a practice used by some Members of Congress to award Year-End Bonuses.

Bonuses (and individual salary are at the discretion of the Member of Congress with the limitation on a maximum that any employee can be paid so that it does not exceed the Member’s salary) are arbitrary. Members pay for everything from newspaper subscriptions to travel costs (i.e. a leased Chevy Equinox AWD ) from their Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA). The salary allowance is the same for all Members. For 2010 this amount is $944,671. Mr. Cravaack’s staff salary was below that last year.

Ignoring the payment of $1,960 monthly to Rod Grams, some of the other salaries show significant adjustments. These could be permanent increases or bonuses … (note : if an employee was only paid for a portion of the period, the salary stated for the third quarter has been pro-rated to reflect a three-month period)

Chief of Staff’s salary was $32,500 in the third quarter and was $38,500 implying a $6,000 bonus.

Deputy Chief of Staff’s salary was $21,250 in the third quarter and was $28,750 implying a $7,500 bonus.

Legislative Director’s salary was $21,000 in the third quarter and was $27,500 implying a $6,500 bonus.

District Director’s salary was $17,500 in the third quarter and was $21,500 implying a $4,000 bonus.

Communications Director’s salary was $14,850 in the third quarter and was $18,500 implying a $3,650 bonus.

District Press Secretary’s salary was $11,250 in the third quarter and was $14,750 implying a $ 3,250 bonus.

Legislative Assistant’s salary was $8,750 in the third quarter and was $13,750 implying a $5,000 bonus.

Case Worker/Constituent Representative’s salary was $8,375 in the third quarter and was $13,625 implying a $5,250 bonus.

Legislative Assistant’s salary was $8,750 in the third quarter and was $12,250 implying a $3,500 bonus.

Case Worker/Constituent Outreach Coordinator’s salary was $8,750 in the third quarter and was $12,200 implying a $3,450 bonus.

Office Manager/Scheduler’s salary was $9,500 in the third quarter and was $12,000 implying a $2,500 bonus.

Legislative Correspondent’s salary was $8,000 in the third quarter and was $12,000 implying a $4,000 bonus.

District Staff Assistant’s salary was $7,750 in the third quarter and was $11,000 implying a $3,250 bonus.

As stated, these could be one-time bonuses, or increases due to additional work responsibilities, or permanent increases … that will be more apparent when the First Quarter payroll data is released but until then those that feel that they are TaxEnoughAlready, might want to ask if it’s a Bonus to have Representative Cravaack watching how their tax dollars are spent.

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