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June 21, 2004
Kerry Takes Tainted Money, Returns It

Howard Kurtz (scroll way down) thinks this will be a problem for John Kerry:

John Kerry's campaign collected a maximum $2,000 check from the recently arrested son of South Korea's disgraced former president, and some of its fund-raisers met several times with a South Korean government official who was trying to organize a Korean-American political group.

The Kerry campaign said it did not know about the $2,000 donation from Chun Jae-yong or his background until informed by The Associated Press and has decided to return the money to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

"We are sending the check back," spokesman Michael Meehan said.

Eh. I don't share Kurtz's interest in this story. For one thing, according to the story, the Kerry campaign attempted to vet this donation as good as could be expected, especially in the heat of a fundraising hurricane. Now that they've discovered the problem, they're returning the money. As far as organizing the political-action group, that's hardly an issue for the Kerry campaign, it's a problem for the PACs raising funds.

For my money, this one's a yawner. If you want to talk about shady fundraising on Kerry's behalf, take a look at these stories and get back to me.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 21, 2004 9:18 AM

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