The San Diego Union Tribune: Peters Returns Some Felon Funds, Not all
According to Paul Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., candidates are generally not required to return donations in situations like the Bera conviction. Even if the contributions are given illegally, candidates do not need to disgorge them unless they knowingly received an illegal contribution.
“The fact that any of these contributions were refunded strikes me as a political move,” Ryan said. “They’re just giving back the really dirty money and keeping everything else that’s not directly linked to the controversy.”