The Huffington Post has the Dick Durbin flashback :
Sen. Dick Durbin also consulted an ethics committee over his wife's career.The apex of the rent-seeking society.
In 1997, when Loretta Durbin wanted to start a lobbying firm representing clients before local and state government, the Democratic senator asked about the propriety of being married to a lobbyist.
The committee replied that there was nothing improper about it.
Four years later, Durbin used his clout on the Senate Appropriations Committee to approve a $150,000 grant for the American Lung Association of Illinois, one of his wife's clients.