FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi has donated pay he received during the federal government shutdown to Solano County organizations and others.
The Jimmy Doolittle Museum received $1,000, North Bay Stand Down – which assists homeless and at-risk veterans – was given $500, Fairfield-based The Leaven,which helps children in need, received $250 and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano received $200.
Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, gave $100 each to the Solano County Library and San Francisco-based Yosemite Conservancy.
Jennifer Miller, spokeswoman for the conservancy, said the organization is grateful for Garamendi’s contribution. His donation, along with gifts from many others who are passionate about Yosemite, help preserve the national park, she said.
The congressman donated a total of $11,398 – more than his take-home pay during the shutdown – to organizations, his office said.
State Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica, who is running against Garamendi to represent the 3rd Congressional District, said representatives shouldn’t be paid during the federal government shutdown. Other employees aren’t paid when the federal government shuts down, Logue said.
“They play by different rules,” he said of congressional representatives.
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