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Political Smell Test: Patty Murray taking Wall Street dollars?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash

Having trouble sorting out the facts from the spin in political speeches, TV ads and mailers? The Political Buzz team is ready to fact check this season’s campaign. E-mail your questions to Political Smell Test.


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.

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Fact Check: Benton campaign misleads on Viagra for sex offenders

There is no disputing Republican state Sen. Don Benton’s enthusiasm in the U.S. Senate race. His campaign reports almost daily on developments and endorsements, including one recently from state House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis.

But his claims shot wide of the mark of truth in a video and news release he put out last week accusing three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of voting to spend money on Viagra for sex offenders. That wasn’t quite what happened, although the dust-up might get Benton extra attention as he tries to stand out from the thick field of 10 other

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