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Santorum Ethics Questions Resurface

But Iowa near-winner raises $1M overnight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2012 4:50 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2012 7:25 AM CST

(Newser) – Rick Santorum's rise to the top tier of the GOP race has triggered a search for skeletons in his closet. Ethics questions from Santorum's time as a US senator have resurfaced, including allegations that he received a mortgage at a preferred rate from a bank run by a campaign donor, ABC reports. The Senate Ethics Committee does not appear to have probed the mortgage loan, despite a complaint from the watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington.

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Santorum is "hardly the moral paragon he purports to be," says the former federal prosecutor who runs CREW. "He violated Senate gift rules by accepting a mortgage from a bank in which he had no interest and which otherwise made loans only to its own investors." An $8 million Santorum-sponsored earmark to a developer that backed his charity is also being eyed. But the Iowa result has brought Santorum more than fresh scrutiny of his record: His campaign says he received more than $1 million in donations in the 24 hours following the caucuses, Politico reports. (Read more Rick Santorum 2012 stories.)

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