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May 23, 2008 11:30 AM

Christian charity helps raise Rossi funds

Posted by David Postman

Dino Rossi may have gotten some money for his gubernatorial campaign at a meeting of the Christian Businesmen’s Connection, but at the TNT, Niki Sullivan says it was a mixing of politics and charity that may have violated IRS rules.

The president of the local chapter of the businessman’s group that met in Fircrest, Dwight Mason, told the TNT “no funds were solicited” and he said he didn’t see even a hint of fundraising. But the TNT got an audio tape of the meeting that showed otherwise. Mason is heard giving a prayer that said in part he was “thankful for this opportunity to hear Dino’s story and pray for him and his campaign...”

After the prayer, Mason told the crowd, “OK, at your table, this is not a fundraiser, although Dino did leave with us a couple envelopes there, and I’m sure he’d appreciate that.”

The Rossi campaign says it thinks it got one check from the luncheon and had no plans to return the money despite questions about the event.

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