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BY LES BLUMENTHAL
THE CLAIM: The National Republican Senatorial Committee says Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is being duplicitous by taking campaign contributions from the financial sector, including Goldman Sachs, while at the same time demanding tough Wall Street reforms.
In a press release, Republican spokeswoman Amber Marchand said Murray, who is up for re-election, should follow the lead of Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and donate her Goldman Sachs contributions to charity.
Murray’s communications director, Alex Glass, said Murray is not taking contributions from Goldman Sachs, including the firm’s political action committee and executives, during this election cycle.
THE FACTS: From 1992, when she was first elected, to the current election cycle, Murray has received nearly $515,000 in contributions from the securities and investment community, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks campaign donations.
Over the years, Murray’s received $28,000 from Goldman Sachs. She has not taken money from the Wall Street firm during this election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission filings.