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Popular myth to the contrary, most U.S. politicians still work for nothing

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Mayor James Wiszowaty makes the first purchase at a Fred's store grand opening in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. Wiszowaty is one of thousands of U.S. elected officials who work for no salary, but that number is dwindling. (Courtesy of Randy Fellers)

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Jim Wiszowaty, mayor of Batesburg-Leesville, S.C., is one of the thousands of U.S. elected officials who work for no salary, but the number of volunteer mayors, city council members and school board members is dwindling. (Courtesy of Randy Fellers)

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In a year of record-breaking campaign spending, money seems to pervade politics. But for most elected officials serving their civic duty in America, campaigning is cheap and politics is a labor of love.


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