February 7th, 2012
08:37 AM ET

Obama campaign returning contributions from donors tied to fugitive

The reelection campaign of President Barack Obama said Tuesday it plans to return about $200,000 in donations collected by two Chicago men after a newspaper report described their brother as a fugitive with alleged links to violence and corruption in Mexico.

"More than 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign and we constantly review those contributions for any issues. On the basis of the questions that have been raised, we will return the contributions from these individuals and from any other donors they brought to the campaign," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

The announcement came after The New York Times published a report detailing alleged ties between two campaign donors and a Mexican casino magnate.

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  1. Mary

    This has all the EARMARKS of a put up job. Really with all the attention to donation during election time you would think the campaign would be meticulous about who the contributions come from.

    February 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    @mary like another poster put it,chicago style politics.It may be just a bone to draw the attention from a much larger donation.Possibly the solyndra kick back!Everything is not always what it seems on the surface.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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