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May 05, 2010

Late Congressional Lion’s Campaign Fund to Benefit Charity

The late John Murtha's campaign war chest will go to a foundation established in his name by his wife, disappointing Democrats who'd hoped to use the money to keep his Pennsylvania district in their column, according to Politico.

Mr. Murtha, a 36-year House veteran, died in February. Most of the nearly $168,000 left in his primary campaign fund will go to the John P. Murtha Foundation, established to raise educational and economic opportunities in western Pennsylvania and create a center for public service at the University of Pittsburgh.

Republicans have spent heavily on the May 18 special election to replace Mr. Murtha. The district is considered one of the nation's most competitive.