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Cook has been paid a salary equivalent to about $180,000 a year by the Committee on Arrangements, plus a $25,000 consulting fee for July, according to Federal Election Commission records. FEC records also show her son and niece, and a college friend of her son, on the Committee on Arrangements payroll, plus more than $25,000 in payments to a consulting firm belonging to Cook’s sister.

The committee has also been paying $4,500 a month for Cook’s housing: an expansive waterfront home in Treasure Island.

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