Vitter Accused of Illegally Accepting Donations from Company that Wanted Stimulus Money

April 22, 2010 - 2:59 PM
A Washington ethics watchdog is accusing Sen. David Vitter of accepting illegal campaign contributions from a California dry cleaning company that wanted federal stimulus money.
Washington (AP) - A Washington ethics watchdog is accusing Sen. David Vitter of accepting illegal campaign contributions from a California dry cleaning company that wanted federal stimulus money.
 
Questions have swirled around a fundraiser Vitter held with executives of U.S. Dry Cleaning Corp. since The Times-Picayune reported recently that company officials and their spouses gave him nearly $40,000 last year.
 
It remains unclear why they gave to Vitter. The company has no clear ties to Louisiana, and the officials were not regular political donors. One of them said the company reimbursed his contribution. Such reimbursements are illegal.
 
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Thursday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate.