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Pennsylvania: Sen. Specter Refunded $224,000 In Second Quarter

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter’s latest campaign finance report includes Democratic donors who are among his newest friends and Republicans who demanded and received contributions after he switched parties in late April.

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Arlen Specter (Photo by Scott J.
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Specter reported raising $1.74 million in this year’s second quarter, or about eight times the $224,469 that his campaign committee refunded to donors (mostly Republicans who wanted their money back, though some money was refunded to donors who exceeded the contribution limits). Specter’s campaign spent $907,000 during the three-month period and began July with $7.6 million cash-on-hand.

One prominent Republican who requested and received a contribution refund was Rob Gleason , the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, which has even set up a Web site to help Republican donors request refunds.