Cross-posted from Dump Mike:
Congressman Mike Ferguson’s spokeswoman Abby Bird said this in the August 18, 2005 Asbury Park Press:
Two other New Jersey politicians and the New Jersey Republican State Committee also received contributions from Abramoff since 2000.
Republican Rep. Mike Ferguson is not going to give back the $1,000 he received in 2001, according to his spokeswoman Abby Bird.
But in today’s Star Ledger, this is reported:
Ferguson said he received a $1,000 contribution from Abramoff and another $1,000 from Abramoff business associate Adam Kidan, and in August donated the $2,000 to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation in Mountainside. He said another $1,000 donation from a casino connected to Abramoff was donated last month to the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains.
“Abramoff’s actions were outrageous and wrong, and illustrate clearly why Congress needs to enact serious and meaningful reforms now,” said Ferguson.
Going through his FEC records, there was a $2000 contribution made to the Children’s Specialized Hospital on August 22, 2005. New reports are being filed soon, and we will check then about the last contribution. A quick survey of FEC reports back into 2003 did not find any additional contributions of this sort from Ferguson.
If he did donate the money as a way to get rid of money from Abramoff and Kidan, good for him. It was the right thing to do. It does seem odd that just four days after his spokeswoman said they would not be giving up the money that they would do it without notifying the media, however.