Thursday, October 26, 2006

Why Has LaTourette Not Returned Money from Ney and Volz?

Willoughby, Ohio -- After Tom DeLay pleaded guilty, Steve LaTourette returned DeLay's $13,000 in contributions in the form of a donation to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. Why has he not returned donations from other convicted felons such as Bob Ney and Neil Volz and both of the donations made by Abramoff's well-known client, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians?

In the 2004 election cycle, LaTourette received $10,000 from Ney's PAC and $1,000 from Volz.

LaTourette also received two donations from the Choctaw Indians, $500 on October 19, 2003 and $1,000 on October 29, 2005. LaTourette only returned the latter with the statement, "I didn't ask for the money and said to send it back."

"That's great that he returned the second $1,000," stated Lew Katz, Democratic candidate in the 14th District. "But, why did he keep the first donation of $500? Did he ask for that one? That was the donation given a month or so after he wrote the infamous letter on behalf of Jack Abramoff that coincides with the other $500 donations by the Ratner, Salzberg, and Miller families.

"More importantly, why has the press not demanded that LaTourette give Ney's and Volz's money back and not pushed for him to do what's right? This is dirty money, and he must give it back," states Katz.

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