An editorial in Monday's New York Times notes that senators blew off the chance to eliminate family members receiving government positions by saying it had nothing to do with lobbying reform:
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, insisted that there’s no such problem in the Senate. Critics instantly noted that her fellow Californian, Senator Barbara Boxer, paid $130,000 from her campaign funds to her son’s political consultant firm. In the House, the campaign kitty of Representative John Doolittle, Republican of California, paid $200,000 to his wife as a designated campaign consultant working at home. Congress’s reputation cannot afford more such embarrassments.