April 30th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Specter to return 15 campaign contributions

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two days after Sen. Arlen Specter decided to leave the Republican Party, the newly-minted Democrat's campaign manager said he will honor requests to return 15 campaign contributions.

Specter's campaign manager Christopher Nichols said Thursday that he received those requests by the close of business on Wednesday afternoon. When Specter announced his decision to switch parties on Tuesday, he said in a statement that he would return contributions "upon request."

But some think Specter shouldn't wait to be asked, and that he should return all of the money that he received as a Republican. The chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Rob Gleason, said in a statement Tuesday that Specter should "do the right thing and proactively return any and all campaign contributions he has received in recent months to run as a Republican in the upcoming election."

According to Opensecrets.org, the Center for Responsive Politics' online fundraising tracker, Specter raised $1.3 million during the first three months of 2009.

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