House Majority Leader John Boehner refuses to part with campaign cash donated by a confessed felon — again!
President Bush and several other Republican officials have begun shedding campaign donations from former House aide and lobbyist Neil Volz, the latest person to plead guilty in a widening lobbying scandal.
Volz, who pleaded guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy to corrupt his former boss, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, has given $26,035 to Republican political campaigns and committees since 2002, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Among the donations was $2,000 to Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Republican National Committee spokesman Aaron McLear said Tuesday the remnants of the campaign organization would give the money to a charity.
Ney, whose campaign and political committees received $3,735 from Volz, announced Tuesday that the money would be donated to a charity.
Eight other Republican lawmakers received $1,000 each from Volz.
One of them, Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, plans to donate that amount to the Salvation Army, according to spokeswoman Deb Setliff.
One congressman who declined to give up the donations was Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, whose political action committee got $300 from Volz.
“The contribution was legally donated and publicly disclosed,” said Boehner spokesman Don Seymour.
Boehner has similarly declined to give up more than $30,000 he got from Abramoff’s Indian tribe clients, saying his own work on tribal issues justified the contributions.