Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Foley Contributes $745,000 to Republicans

Capital Eye reports on Mark Foley's contributions to the NRCC run by Tom Reynolds, yes that Tom Reynolds.
October 03, 2006 | At the center of an online sex scandal involving teenage pages, Rep. Mark Foley is the latest disgraced member of Congress to see his contributions to other candidates turn politically radioactive. In the wake of the Florida Republican’s resignation from the House of Representatives last week, other politicians have said they will get rid of at least $20,000 they received from Foley.

Foley’s campaign and political action committee have contributed about $190,000 to more than 100 other Republicans since his first contributions in 1995, the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics has found. (He was elected to the House in 1994.) But Foley has given far more money in that time—$550,000, including $100,000 this past July—to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

NRCC chairman Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.) was among the first House members alerted when reports surfaced in 2005 of Foley’s questionable e-mails with a 16-year-old former page, news accounts have said. Critics of the House leadership’s handling of the Foley matter have questioned why Reynolds was told before board members overseeing the page program.


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