“Be it placing a key Countrywide Financial lobbyist on the taxpayer’s payroll as his Chief of Staff, fighting for tax breaks for Big Oil, or holding onto money from indicted Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and disgraced former McCain adviser Phil Gramm, Garrett seems to play a role in every Washington scandal. It’s about time we have a member of Congress who sees his job as fighting scandals, not participating in them,” noted Shulman.
Honestly, I don't understand why Garrett doesn't return the money as a symbolic gesture. Or at least donate a couple grand to charity. We know he's already spent it, but clinging to it doesn't make sense.
What if some crazy radical group sent him money, would he keep that, too? I understand that Garrett doesn't have the greatest fundraising operation in the world, but come on. Where's the principle in holding on to a couple thousand in dirty money?