Rohrabacher to donate Manafort contribution to charity

Rohrabacher to donate Manafort contribution to charity
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Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherMueller probe: A timeline from beginning to end Progressives come to Omar's defense Expanding Social Security: Popular from sea to shining sea MORE (R-Calif.) will donate to charity $1,000 given to his reelection campaign by former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortUkrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud Feds ask judge to postpone ex-Trump campaign aide's sentencing Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine to press Biden investigation 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 TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE, Jr., Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls The Hill's 12:30 Report: Amash under fire after impeachment tweets Ann Coulter: Four myths the media and politicians tell you about our border crisis MORE and a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push 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.”