McCloskey Returns Unwanted Contribution
Well, you guys really jumped on McCloskey like flies on cow pies. Well, here is the official McCloskey response. Maybe you can find just as good of a reason to jump on the Al Quaeda supporting Republican National Committee.
McCloskey Returns Unwanted Campaign Contribution
Calls on Pombo to return remaining Abramoff money
Lodi, CA - Congressional candidate Pete McCloskey responded to press reports about his return of an unsolicited donation. McCloskey received a $2,100 campaign contribution from M. Yaqub Mirza, a man federal authorities have reportedly investigated for ties to militant Arab groups. Newspaper reports noted that Mr. Mirza has contributed in the past to Democratic and Republican causes including the Republican National Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee. McCloskey returned the donation as soon as he learned of it.
It’s not the first time McCloskey has returned a campaign contribution. In the current run up to the June 6 primary, McCloskey has already returned several contributions from political action committees. McCloskey promised when he launched his campaign in January not to take any money from such groups so he wouldn’t be beholden to them. McCloskey has only taken money from individuals who believe in his candidacy. By contrast, Congressman Richard Pombo has raised the majority of his campaign money from political action committees.
McCloskey took the opportunity to call on Congressman Pombo to return tainted campaign funds he’s received from associates of admitted felon lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Pombo has already shed thousands he took directly from Abramoff and Abramoff lieutenant Tony Rudy, but he is refusing to give back another $30,000 given him by other Abramoff proxies.