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September 15, 2006

Reichert donates $5,000 he got from Rep. Ney

Posted by David Postman at 12:17 PM

Congressman Dave Reichert today got rid of $5,000 his campaign had gotten from Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, who this morning pled guilty to two criminal charges related to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal.

Reichert's campaign sent a $5,000 check to the Kent Pediatric Interim Care Center, said campaign spokesman Carol Beaudu. Two of Reichert's adopted grandchildren had prenatal exposure to drugs and were successfully treated at the center.

The check was in the mail, Beaudu said, as soon as they heard about Ney's plea and before I had a chance to ask her about the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee's statement calling on Reichert to give the money back.

The DCCC statement said:

"We knew this day was coming and now that Ney has decided to trade the back room for the courtroom, will Washington State Republican Dave Reichert do the right thing and return Ney's tainted money?" asked Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

UPDATE: Eli Sanders says Cathy McMorris is also dumping her Ney money.

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