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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states MORE’s (D) presidential campaign announced Wednesday it will return donations from lawyers who represented Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Supreme Court denies Trump request to immediately resume federal executions House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law 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 HarrisSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race MORE’s (D-Calif.) campaign and $2,800 to Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Senators want FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats MORE’s (D-Colo.) campaign. She also gave $2,800 to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWhite House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day 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.