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Obama to McNeil Island inmate: No, you can’t (UPDATED)

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
October 29, 2008 1:41 pm

Over on our Lights & Sirens blog, Ian Demsky has this gem:

Came across this interesting tidbit among my prison mail today.

A McNeil Island inmate writes:

Tonight we roared when Obama sent my $5 donation back saying, “We accept no money from prisoners!”

Update: After a commenter said he suspected the story might be a hoax, we contacted a spokesman with the local Obama campaign and asked whether they accepted donations from inmates.

After that e-mail last Wednesday, spokesman Joshua Field said he’d look into it. By Friday afternoon we still hadn’t received an answer and e-mailed him again. It’s now Monday afternoon and we’re still waiting.

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