ISI scandal makes Burton vulnerable to re-election
India baiter US Congressman Dan Burton may find a re-election bid to Congress in 2012 a tough task.
Washington: India baiter US Congressman Dan Burton may find a re-election bid to the Congress in 2012 a tough task after reports that he was recipient of money from a man accused of being a spy for Pakistan`s ISI.
After the arrest of Ghulam Nabi Fai on charges of working for the ISI, US media has been reporting that Indiana`s longest serving Congressman, Burton, received more than USD 10,000 in contribution from him.
"It`s the latest political problem for a Republican under fire by members of his own party," said the local WishTV8 in a news report from Indianapolis.
"Scandal highlights Burton`s challenges," said the headline of the news report.
"The news that Congressman Burton is touched by a fundraising scandal will only make him more vulnerable," the news report said.
Known for his pro-Pakistan views and anti-India agenda, local news reports said, Burton faces a tough challenge this time.
Burton has strongly refuted the allegations against him.
"For as long as I`ve known him, Dr Fai has been either a permanent legal resident of the United States or a citizen and as such any political contributions I may have received from Dr Fai over the years are completely legal," he said in a statement.
"My campaign does not accept contributions from anyone not legally authorised to donate to US political campaigns. However, if there is any doubt about the origin of these contributions, I will donate those funds to the Boy Scouts of America," he said.
"I am deeply shocked by Dr Fai`s arrest. I`ve known Dr Fai for 20 years and in that time I had no inkling of his involvement with any foreign intelligence operation and had presumed our correspondence was legitimate," Burton said.
FBI said there is no evidence that any elected official who received financial contributions from Fai was aware that the money had originated from any part of the Pakistani government.