In the corporate world, the practice of nepotism is not only tolerated, but common. Some of the richest people in America, and the world, have achieved much of their business success through their family connections: The Koch family, the Cargills, and the Waltons have accumulated vast sums of wealth through their parents’ and grandparents’ companies. Even the self-styled hard working entrepreneur Donald Trump got his start at his father’s company.
But in government service, nepotism is frowned upon, and often prohibited. A substantiated allegation of nepotism could bring about investigations, ethics hearings and serious repercussions in many states – but not all.Take, for example, the recent allegations of nepotism in Maine, where Gov. Paul LePage (pictured, right) was accused of improper favoritism when he hired his daughter.
In December 2010, just days before Christmas, LePage’s administration announced that the governor’s 22-year-old daughter Lauren, a recent college graduate with a degree in Biological Sciences, would join the executive branch as assistant to the Governor’s chief of staff.