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Kirk to Return Goldman Sachs Campaign Donations

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    Congressman Mark Kirk said today that in light of a federal investigation of Goldman Sachs he will refund Senate campaign money tied to the company.   

    The amount of the donation is believed to be about $50,000. 

    Kirk also repated his attack on opponent Alexi Giannoulias, asking why Giannoulias hasn't filed his income taxes

    "I'm very surprised he did not file," Kirk said while speaking at a news conference inside a courtroom at the Dirksen federal building to highlight his proposed legislation to combat Illinois corruption. Kirk suggested Giannoulias' late filing status could be tied to "the coming implosion of his family's bank."

    Kirk wants $25 million annually for the Justice Department to increase investigators and public corruption prosecutions -- but that money would come from the federal stimulus bill he did not vote for.

    Kirk says using the money in Illinois would be helpful because taxpayers here pay a "corruption tax."

    "I don't give up on honesty in government," Kirk said.