PACCIONE CALLS FOR MUSGRAVE TO RETURN PAC MONEY
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Angie Paccione, the Democratic candidate for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, today called for Rep. Marilyn Musgrave to return more than $50,000 in tainted campaign money that Musgrave took from the political action committees associated with criminal Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California. Cunningham recently resigned from Congress after admitting that he accepted $2.4 million in bribes.
Musgrave received over $50,000 from PACs associated with Cunninghan's co-consipirator, Brent Wilkes, whose company illegally received $76 million in defense contracts.
"First Musgrave received money from the political action committee of the criminally indicted Tom Delay, and now she has been found holding cash from a confessed criminal congressman. Whose side is she on?," asked Paccione.
The PACs Musgrave received money from are the Future leaders PAC and the Americans for a Republican Majority PAC. Musgrave took money from them in all three of her election cycles-- '02, '04, and now '06. Several members of congress who also received money from the same PACs have started giving that money to charity to distance themselves from the corruption.
Incumbent Republicans who have given the PAC money to charity are: Reps. Rob Simmons of Connecticut, Richard Pombo of California, Jim Nussle of Iowa, Heather Wilson of New Mexico and Charles Dent of Pennsylvania and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. Also choosing that tactics have been Minnesota Senate candidate and Rep. Mark Kennedy and Oregon congressional candidate Jim Feldkamp.
"Musgrave should at least give the money to charity instead of keeping it," said Paccione. "It's crime money."
Since 2000, "Duke" Cunningham has donated over $250,000 from his PAC to fellow Republicans, according to records compiled by PoliticalMoneyLine, which tracks campaign donations.
"It is time to restore honesty, trust, and integrity to Congress. Musgrave is out-of-touch with the concerns of American families," said Paccione. “In Colorado’s Statehouse, I’ve worked hard for people—not special interests—and that’s what I’ll do in Congress, too.”