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Apr 22, 2010 3:00 PM by Melissa Canone

Vitter Accused of Accepting Illegal Campaign Contributions

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington ethics watchdog is accusing Sen.
David Vitter of accepting illegal campaign contributions from a
California dry cleaning company that wanted federal stimulus money.
Questions have swirled around a fundraiser Vitter held with
executives of U.S. Dry Cleaning Corp. since The Times-Picayune
reported recently that company officials and their spouses gave him
nearly $40,000 last year.
It remains unclear why they gave to Vitter. The company has no
clear ties to Louisiana, and the officials were not regular
political donors. One of them said the company reimbursed his
contribution. Such reimbursements are illegal.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Thursday
asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate.

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