The Quad-Cities' two congressmen are taking a different tack when it comes to what to do with contributions from embattled U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel.
Rangel, D-N.Y., faces ethics charges in the House, and congressmen across the country have been shedding his campaign donations.
Republicans, meanwhile, are seeking to capitalize on the controversy, targeting congressmen who have kept the money.
In the Quad-Cities, U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., gave the last of $7,000 he got from Rangel to charity last week.
But a spokeswoman for Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, said there are a lot more important things to worry about now than four-year-old political donations.
Rangel and his National Leadership PAC gave $7,000 each to Hare and Braley during the 2006 election cycle.
Last week, Hare's Republican opponent, Bobby Schilling, called on him to relinquish the money, calling it "tainted contributions from a corrupt politician."
Tom O'Donnell, a Hare spokesman, said Monday that Hare gave $2,000 donated to him by Rangel's campaign committee to the National Fragile X Foundation in March, when the House Ethics Committee criticized him for trips he took to the Caribbean.
He said, however, an additional $5,000 that came from Rangel's National Leadership PAC was overlooked.
That money, he said, was given to the foundation last week after a reporter contacted the office about Schilling's comments.
O'Donnell also said Hare thinks Rangel should resign.
Meanwhile, Braley's campaign said Monday the money he got was received and spent before the Waterloo Democrat was elected — and before the ethics invesigation into Rangel even began.
Caitlin Legacki said the charges against Rangel are serious and need to be addressed.
She added, however, "Rep. Braley is currently focused on doing his job, not sitting around counting campaign donations from four years ago. We have much bigger issues to deal with, and that's what he is focused on."