Repulicans ask Specter for their money back

The Hill:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and two of his deputies are taking up Sen. Arlen Specter’s offer to return their political donations in the wake of his announcement Tuesday that he is switching parties.

McConnell, Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) are all asking that Specter return their donations. A fourth non-leadership GOP senator, Bob Corker of Tennessee, is also asking for a refund.

In a statement Tuesday announcing his decision to become a Democrat, Specter said he would return campaign contributions received during the most recent cycle “upon request.”

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said the minority leader “will be taking Sen. Specter up on his offer.”

A spokesman said Cornyn gave $5,000 from a leadership PAC, while Corker also contributed $5,000 from his Rock City PAC. Alexander gave a statement to the Nashville Post in which he noted Specter’s offer and called it “the right thing for him to do.”

Other Republicans with even bigger donations are also expecting to get their money back. I am sure Pat Toomey can use the money in his race against Specter. The Democrat Senators will probably more than replace the Republican donations.


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