Rohrabacher to donate Manafort contribution to charity

Rohrabacher to donate Manafort contribution to charity
© Greg Nash

Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherGOP lawmaker makes light of Kavanaugh allegation: 'Give me a break' Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Overnight Energy: Watchdog to investigate EPA over Hurricane Harvey | Panel asks GAO to expand probe into sexual harassment in science | States sue over methane rules rollback MORE (R-Calif.) will donate to charity $1,000 given to his reelection campaign by former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDem warns Trump: 'Obstruction of justice' to fire Rosenstein Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report Former White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report MORE during the 2014 cycle.

Dale Neugebauer, a spokesperson for Rohrabacher’s reelection campaign for the 2018 cycle, confirmed the upcoming donation to The Hill. The decision comes after Manafort was found guilty on eight felony charges Tuesday involving bank loan fraud and tax evasion.

Manafort made the contribution in March 2013 following a meeting with the congressman, according to filings from the Federal Election Commission.

Neugebauer said Rohrabacher had not yet decided on a specific charity or cause.


CQ Roll Call was the first to report the donation.

The donations raised eyebrows when revealed due to Manafort’s work for a pro-Russia Ukrainian president. Rohrabacher has a reputation as having pro-Russia stances himself, indicating in July he had no problem with a 2016 meeting held in Trump Tower involving Manafort, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Mueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE and a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report MORE.

Rohrabacher, who represents California’s 48th Congressional District in Southern California, is in the midst of a tight reelection campaign. The Cook Political Report lists the race as a “toss up.”

His opponent, Harley Rouda, slammed Manafort’s contribution on Twitter Tuesday before it was revealed Rohrabacher would be donating it.

Rouda said Rohrabacher “has no problem accepting campaign contributions from now convicted felon Mr. Manafort. Orange County deserves better than corrupted, cynical politicians who sell out to special interests.”