Standing on Principle

President Bush will not keep campaign contributions from someone who likely engaged in criminal conduct:

President Bush is returning $4,000 in campaign contributions from Tom Noe, the Ohio coin dealer under investigation for his handling of $55 million the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation gave to him to invest in rare coins.

If the alleged criminal, however, collects big checks from all his friends and presents them to President Bush in a big bundle, that’s just fine:

Bush has no immediate plans to return more than $100,000 Noe raised for the Bush-Cheney campaign last year.


“Those are from other individuals,” McClellan said.