Skip to comments.Donors demand refund from Specter: Political switch gets expensive as lawmaker's support shrinks
Posted on 04/30/2009 3:23:26 AM PDT by Scanian
Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party is prompting his campaign donors large and small to demand their money back, including several Republican senators whose political action committees gave tens of thousands of dollars to the Pennsylvania lawmaker.
Sen. Johnny Isakson didn't waste any time putting himself at the front of the refund line. The Georgia Republican asked Mr. Specter for a return of his leadership political action committee's $5,000 contribution Tuesday on the Senate floor - just hours after Mr. Specter announced he was changing his political stripes.
"Senator Specter readily agreed to return the contribution," said Isakson spokeswoman Sheridan Watson, adding that the exchange was cordial.
While not legally bound to refund any legitimate campaign donation, Mr. Specter has pledged to honor requests for refunds - and the requests are pouring in.
"That's the right thing for him to do and we will request a refund," said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. His fundraising committee, the Tenn PAC, had given $5,000.
Other Republicans who are clawing back contributions include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who gave $10,000 through his Bluegrass Committee; Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), who gave $5,000 through his Alamo PAC; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who gave $5,000 through his Rock City PAC.
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I feel like donating to whoever runs against him in the Rat primary.
I wonder if Rick Santorum can demand that he be given back his senate seat? If he hadn’t have given his support to Specter he never would have lost it.
I hear ya. Remember though, any funds contributed and not used for the primary, can be used for whatever else they want - including the general election (e.g., more acorn workers). We shouldn’t put additional arrows in their quiver.
Won’t be anybody running against him in the primary.
It appears this worthless POS is not even the favorite for the dem nomination.
Yes there will.
Also, I am peeved that my contributions to Pubs have been used to support the reelection of the (formerly) most liberal Pub senator in DC. If I make any further contributions, I may a well send the check directly to Obama.
Given that our congressmen’s campaigns are supported largely by foreigners, out-of-state interests, & fellow congressmen & their PACs, the chances of my congressmen fairly & pro-actively representing my state's interests are ZERO!
Good point. I live close enough to PA that I could volunteer some time to Specter’s primary challenger.
That’s not for sure. Several Rats have shown interest.
Typical of the Rats, lying whores who won’t stay bought....
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Posted on 04/30/2009 3:31:48 AM PDT by Scanian
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Posted on 04/30/2009 6:09:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Sen. Arlen Specter shouldnt be ALLOWED to Switch Parties.
The People voted for a Republican.
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Posted on 04/30/2009 5:06:57 AM PDT by Freefreq
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Posted on 04/30/2009 3:32:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
They should sue him for theft of service...just before election time.