Mississippi GOP giving away Scruggs donations

Published 5:21 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Mississippi Republican Party says it will not keep contributions from high-profile attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

Scruggs faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiring to bribe a state judge.

Mississippi GOP chairman Jim Herring said Monday that the Scruggs had donated $27,250 to the state party from 2002 to 2004. Herring said the GOP will give that money to Boys and Girls Clubs around the state.

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Herring called on other political organizations, including the Democratic Attorneys General Association, to give up money they received from Scruggs.