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21 September 2010

Barrow Refuses to Return Rangel Campaign Cash

Two months ago, I brought attention to the estimated $30,000 in campaign contributions embattled New York Congressman Charlie Rangel gave to three of his Democratic colleagues from Georgia.

A few days later, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) called on John Barrow, Sanford Bishop and Jim Marshall to return Rangel's cash.

U.S. Representative John Barrow, today, became the first Georgia Democrat to respond to the GOP pleas.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow will keep $24,000 he took in campaign donations from Rep. Charles Rangel, who is accused of multiple ethics violations.

Through a spokeswoman, the Savannah Democrat rejected Republican opponent Ray McKinney's call for him to give the money to charity.

"This essentially is dirty money from a sitting congressman accused of violating tax laws and House rules while chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee," McKinney said. "Barrow should protect his own name and donate this money to a worthwhile charity."

Peterson, Larry (2010-9-21). John Barrow to keep allegedly 'dirty' money he took from Charles Rangel. Savannah Morning News. Retrieved on 2010-9-21.

Barrow's very public response proves once more that it is hard to get anyone, Democrat or Republican, to come up off some money.