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Bennet campaign chucks intern over donation pitch

July 8, 2010

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DENVER—An unpaid intern for Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet's Senate campaign has been dismissed after allegedly telling an acquaintance that a one-on-one meeting to discuss a bill with the candidate could be set up for $2,400.

The campaign said the intern was let go Thursday after it learned of the incident, first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Campaign spokesman Trevor Kincaid says the intern took it upon himself "to cross a very serious line" not practiced or supported by the campaign, which has intricate protocols for interns.

The intern, 22-year-old Jeffrey Garofano, a student at Middlebury College in Vermont, didn't respond to an e-mail from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Bennet, appointed last year to the Senate, faces former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Aug. 10 primary.

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