Knight refunded NRA donation after claiming not to have accepted itMai Nguyen Do October 16, 2018 0 COMMENTS
The latest campaign filings show that Rep. Steve Knight’s (R-Palmdale) campaign returned a donation from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund the day before claiming that the donation was refunded weeks prior.
During a The Talk of Santa Clarita podcast episode released on Aug. 23, the 25th Congressional District incumbent denied having received donations from the NRA.
“Someone posted on Facebook today that they wanted to remind me that you have an A-plus with the NRA,” The Talk of Santa Clarita host Stephen Daniels said. “Have you taken any funds from the NRA recently?”
“Well, we just haven’t taken any funds from the NRA lately,” Knight said in response.
The NRA’s political action committee has made three donations totaling $5,000 to Knight’s campaign this election cycle, Mother Jones reported on Sept. 18.
On Sept. 20, The Signal reported that campaign spokesman Matt Rexroad said a $1,500 contribution from the NRA was declined and a $2,500 contribution was accepted but refunded during previous weeks.
However, recent campaign filings show a contradiction in the campaign’s statements. Knight’s campaign issued a $2,500 refund of the Political Victory Fund’s donation not weeks before, but on Sept. 19, according to the Federal Elections Committee.
Knight’s campaign did not return requests for comment.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.