30 Days: Dole's Abramoff Double Standard

DAY 30

As head of the NRSC in 2006, Elizabeth Dole refused to return or donate any of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff donated to the committee. But she acknowledged that the keeping the money was unethical when she returned the $1,000 that Abramoff donated to her personal campaign. Why the double standard?

Under Dole, NRSC Refused To Return Abramoff Contributions. In 2006, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, under the leadership of Senator Elizabeth Dole, refused to return any donations from tribal clients of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff for any election cycle. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the sum exceeded $430,000 since 1999. That figure includes $50,000 worth of donations from two separate Indian tribes since Dole took over as chairwoman of the committee in early 2005. Brian Nick, the spokesman for the NRSC, said, “Those donations are legal. We feel it wouldn’t be appropriate to return them. We’re a political committee. We don’t affect legislation.” [Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/8/06; Winston-Salem Journal, 1/7/06]

Dole Returned $1,000 Contribution From Lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
In January 2006, Dole returned $1,000 contribution from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Dole announced that she was giving the $1,000 contribution he made to her individual campaign to charity. [Winston-Salem Journal, 01/07/06]

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