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"This case is different"

A national Republican spokesman who last week criticized a South Dakota Democrat for taking a salary from campaign contributions said Monday that Arkansas Republican state Rep. Marvin Parks gets a pass for doing the same thing.

"This case is different," National Republican Congressional Committee Communications Director Carl Forti said of Parks, who is drawing about $4,000 a month from contributions.

The Washington D.C., newspaper Roll Call reported that Stephanie Herseth, a Democrat from South Dakota, is paying herself $2,500 a month as she campaigns in the June 1 South Dakota House special election.

Herseth and Parks, R-Greenbrier, are taking advantage of a new federal campaign finance law designed for those who can't afford to quit their jobs to run a full-time congressional campaign. -- National Republican changes tune on Parks' use of campaign funds (Arkansas News Bureau)