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Scott DesJarlais Finds One Congressman, Steve Southerland, To Take His Money, Briefly (UPDATE)

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) (Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call) | Getty

WASHINGTON -- Embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) is facing better-funded primary challengers and hasn't got much money in his campaign account or his political action committee.

So it could be seen as somewhat surprising that he was willing to give some away.

During his last reelection campaign in 2012, it was revealed that the anti-abortion politician and doctor pressured a mistress to get an abortion and agreed to his then-wife getting two. So it also might seem a bit unusual that another anti-abortion Republican would take his money.

Nevertheless, the most recent federal campaign filings show that Republican Rep. Steve Southerland accepted $1,000 from DesJarlais' PAC, TN4U, in the end of June.

Southerland falls squarely into the anti-abortion camp, having voted to defund Planned Parenthood and twice backed the Life At Conception Act to grant fetuses protection under the 14th Amendment.

Southerland's office did not immediately answer a request for comment.

UPDATE: 8:15 p.m.

Southerland's campaign later announced it was not keeping the money.

Panama City, FL - Rep. Southerland has made the decision to donate the contribution to a charity in Tallahassee, Florida.

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