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Perry gives tainted campaign donations to charity

Updated: Monday, February 13 2012, 09:19 AM CST
Gov. Rick Perry has given $80,000 in tainted campaign donations to El Paso charities, after the original donor was convicted of bribery and fraud.

The donations came from Bob Jones, former president and CEO of the National Center for Employment of the Disabled. He was convicted in a federal court of giving El Paso school board members and county commissioners campaign donations in return for votes.

The El Paso Times reports that the Perry gubernatorial campaign sent checks to eight non-profit groups this week. The El Paso Times originally alerted Perry's campaign to the donations, as well as other recipients including Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The campaigns all say they purge donations from Jones.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)Perry gives tainted campaign donations to charity

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