Colorado lawmakers give shutdown salary to charity

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DENVER (AP) Three of Colorado's members of Congress are donating about $7,700 from the salaries they collected during the 16-day partial government shutdown to charities, while another is donating his money to the U.S. Treasury.

Sen. Michael Bennet is donating his shutdown pay to the Weld County Food Bank, and Rep. Cory Gardner is donating part of his salary to the food bank and the rest to other charities in his district.

According to the Denver Post, Rep. Mike Coffman is giving his money to the Red Cross. Rep. Jared Polis, whose staff says the Boulder Democrat normally gives all his salary to charity, will give his shutdown portion back to the federal government for debt relief.

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