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Perry Mulls Returning Money From Convicted Donor

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AUSTIN (AP) – Governor Rick Perry is mulling returning at least $80,000 in past contributions from a donor convicted of public corruption.

Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier says his presidential campaign “is looking into the situation and will take appropriate action.”

Robert “Bob” Jones is former president of the National Center for Employment of the Disabled in El Paso, Texas.

The El Paso Times reported Sunday that Jones made contributions between 2002 and 2005 to Perry’s campaigns for Texas governor.

Jones pleaded guilty in February to charges including fraud and bribery dating from schemes in 1998.

He also made donations to Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas.

The Times reported that those three have promised to return the contributions or donate them to charity.

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