Buttigieg campaign returns donations from Kavanaugh's lawyers: report

Buttigieg campaign returns donations from Kavanaugh's lawyers: report
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left Michael Bennet endorses Biden for president MORE’s (D) presidential campaign announced Wednesday it will return donations from lawyers who represented Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWisconsin Democrats chair bashes Supreme Court decision on voting: 'I am about to explode' Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin from extending absentee voting deadline A woman accuses Biden of sexual assault — and few liberals listen MORE during his confirmation hearing. 

The campaign will send back thousands of dollars in donations to two top lawyers for Kavanaugh, saying it would not accept money from people who helped get the justice confirmed, The Guardian reported.  

Alexandra Walsh gave $7,200 to the campaign, of which $3,150 was returned due to donation limits, and Beth Wilkinson provided $2,800 to the campaign, according to The Guardian. 

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The campaign told the news outlet that it made a mistake in accepting the donations after disregarding the lawyers’ role in the controversial confirmation hearing.

“With nearly 700,000 donors, a contribution we would otherwise refuse sometimes gets through,” the campaign said in a statement to The Hill. “We believe the women who have courageously spoken out about Brett Kavanaugh’s assault and misconduct, and we thank the Guardian for bringing this contribution to our attention.”

The lawyers typically give campaign donations to Democratic candidates. Wilkinson has donated $1,000 to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOn The Money: Mnuchin, Schumer in talks to strike short-term relief deal | Small businesses struggling for loans | Treasury IG sends Dems report on handling of Trump tax returns Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Michael Bennet endorses Biden for president MORE’s (D-Calif.) campaign and $2,800 to Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetMichael Bennet endorses Biden for president Zoom facing class-action suit over privacy, security shortfalls Hillicon Valley: Coronavirus tracking sparks surveillance concerns | Target delivery workers plan Tuesday walkout | Federal agency expedites mail-in voting funds to states | YouTube cracks down on 5G conspiracy videos MORE’s (D-Colo.) campaign. She also gave $2,800 to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandFormer Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report States battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (D-N.Y.) back when the senator was in the race. 

The lawyers’ law firm represented Kavanaugh after Christine Blasey Ford alleged he had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in Maryland. Walsh and Wilkinson received criticism for defending their client by saying the judge was being schemed by an “outrageous” campaign, according to The Guardian.

Walsh declined to comment to The Hill. Wilkinson, the Harris campaign, the Bennet campaign and Gillibrand’s office did not immediately return requests for comment.