Another Boehner Boner

From Holden:

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.