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National Republicans criticize Matheson donations

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WASHINGTON — The National Republican Congressional Committee criticized Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, for contributions his campaign received over the past decade from the National Leadership PAC, which is tied to embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.

Rangel has been accused of misconduct, and he took to the floor of the House on Tuesday to ask for a fair ethics hearing.

"By refusing to relinquish Charlie Rangel's tainted cash, Jim Matheson is quickly becoming swept up by the corruption that has engulfed the Democrat caucus," National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain said in a news release. "With November's elections looming, Utah voters will remember that Matheson pushed integrity to the wayside to stand with his corrupt friends."

Matheson spokeswoman Alyson Heyrend dismissed the criticism.

"That's the same old hackneyed rhetoric that party mouthpieces in Washington, D.C., throw out against Matheson," Heyrend said.

— Joseph M. Dougherty