2:20 pm Oct. 16, 2012
Republican Rep. Michael Grimm has dealt with his share of public-relations challenges recently.
A prominent fund-raiser of his was arrested. He's been accused of accepting an envelope with $5,000 in cash "near the F.B.I. building." His former business partner has ties to the mafia. And there's that reported 1999 gun-toting incident at a nightclub.
So didn't seem particularly shocking, in the end, when Mitt Romney's presidential campaign returned a $2,500 donation it received from Grimm's political action committee.
When I asked for a comment about it, Grimm's spokeswoman, Carol Danko, referred me to comments she gave the Staten Island Advance, which characterized the refund as a technical glitch. In the article, Danko said Grimm gave more than the legal limit before the primary, and that is the reason the donation was returned.
She said that in fact Grimm had since "re-donated" the $2,500 to Romney's campaign.
In an email to me, Danko also said that Grimm attended a Romney-Ryan event in Manhattan last night and is planning on attending tonight's presidential debate at Hofstra University.
According to the filings, as far as I can tell, here's the chronology of the contributions and rebate:
On December 13, 2011, Grimm's political action committee gave $2,500 to Romney for the primary, the maximum amount.
On January 18, 2012, he gave another $2,500 to Romney for the primary, putting him over the legal limit.
On September 6, he gave $2,500 to Romney for the general.
September 10, 2012, Romney reimbursed Grimm $2,500, presumably for the over-the-limit primary donation.