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Now Joe Garcia is returning contributions from donor who pleaded guilty to domestic assault

It started with a Washington report that U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Jupiter Democrat running for U.S. Senate, had accepted $16,400 in contributions from donor Ibrahim Al-Rashid, a friend who in 2014 pleaded guilty to a domestic assault charge.

The report from The Hill prompted Murphy to return the campaign cash by making equivalent contributions to charity. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada also gave back $100,000 Al-Rashid had contributed to the Senate Majority PAC.

Republicans are now highlighting that other Florida Democrats benefited from Al-Rashid's political largesse -- including former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Miami, who is running for his old seat. Garcia accepted $5,200 from Al-Rashid in 2014, and $5,400 in March.

Garcia's campaign said Tuesday, as first reported by Politico, that it is making an equivalent donation to Planned Parenthood to get rid of the 2016 money.

This post has been updated to correct the fact that it's the campaign will be giving the 2016 money to charity, not the 2014 money.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:27pm]

    

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