Yesterday, Illinois GOP Senatorial candidate Mark Kirk announced that he would return contributions from Goldman Sachs.
Mark Kirk of Illinois's campaign spokeswoman, Kirsten Kukowksi, said he would voluntarily return campaign contributions made by Goldman employees not accused of wrongdoing. ... The US Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit Friday accusing Goldman of "defrauding investors by misstating and omitting key facts" about a financial product based on subprime mortgage-backed securities.
That doesn't make Kirk a better candidate, and he's not returning money he got from Goldman employees during his Congressional race, but at least it makes him smart enough not to roll in the mud while the cameras are running.
But cheer up, Goldman. You still have one friend.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said Tuesday she won't return contributions she's received from Goldman Sachs employees.
Lincoln, who's authoring a section of the Wall Street reform bill that regulates derivatives markets, said she'd hold onto contributions from employees of the company, which was charged last week with fraud.
Doesn't it make you feel better to know that the reform bill is being written in part by someone who's more than willing to take money generated through playing Goldman's customers for fools?
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