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September 22, 2008

Loebsack returns Rangel money

From the AP:

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack has redirected a $5,000 campaign donation to several nonprofit groups.

Loebsack's re-election campaign had received the money from New York Rep. Charles Rangel's political action committee. Rangel is under investigation for alleged ethics violations and back taxes owed.

The Iowa Democrat's campaign manager says he gave $1,000 each to the chambers of commerce in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, and to three statewide flood relief organizations.

Loebsack's Republican challenger in the 2nd congressional district, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, had criticized him for taking the donations.

Loebsack is now the first House Democrat to return campaign money from ethically-embattled House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). His decision to return the money will put pressure on other Democrats, particularly those in contested races, to do the same.