Doolittle earns his name

Can you spell T-O-N-E D-E-A-F?

Rep. John T. Doolittle, a Republican with ties to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, announced Thursday he will not return any of the $50,000 in political donations he received from the lobbyist or the Indian tribes Abramoff once represented.

Doolittle, of Rocklin, "has no intention of returning any contribution from anyone that was made in an ethical and legal matter, regardless of how many of his colleagues do so out of political expediency or how much the media tries to irresponsibly distort the propriety of Mr. Doolittle's actions," spokeswoman Laura Blackann said.

"He has done absolutely nothing wrong," Blackann added.

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Doolittle's campaign received $4,000 from Abramoff, and his political committees banked another $46,000 from tribes linked to the lobbyist, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that analyzed political contributions from 1999 to 2005.

Kevin Ring, a former legislative director for Doolittle, later worked as a lobbyist with Abramoff. The Sacramento Bee reported last month that Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions, a company run by Doolittle's wife, Julie Doolittle, worked for Abramoff between 2002 and 2004.