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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:09

Sen. Patty Murray donated maximum campaign contribution to former Seattle Mayor accused of sexual abuse: Report

Written by  Emily Jashinsky

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Was., donated the maximum allowed campaign contribution to Seattle's recently resigned mayor Ed Murray, according to a new report.

The mayor resigned on Tuesday after battling months of allegations regarding sexual abuse.

Five men, including his own cousin, have come forward to accuse Murray of abusing them sexually as teenagers in the 1970's. In 1984, Oregon Child Protective Services determined after an investigation that Murray sexually abused his foster son.

The former mayor maintains his innocence but says he resigned so as not to impede "the ability of our city government to conduct the public's business."

According to a report by Brent Scher in the Washington Free Beacon, former Mayor Murray and Sen. Murray have both donated to each other's campaigns in recent years.

Here's what Scher reported:

Sen. Murray, yet to comment on the mayor's resignation, helped put him in office, contributing the maximum allowed $700 to his 2013 mayoral campaign through her leadership PAC, according to local campaign finance records. The contributions went in both directions. In 2010, Ed Murray, as a member of the Washington state legislature, contributed $500 to Patty Murray's re-election efforts. In 2015, as Seattle's mayor, he gave another $500.

Though allegations against former Mayor Murray have played out publicly for months, the senator does not appear to have spoken out on the question at all.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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