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Tommy Thompson also gave to Democrats

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MADISON (AP) -

The campaign of former Gov. Tommy Thompson is dismissing a pair of donations the Republican made to Democratic candidates for office in 2008.

Federal election records show Thompson donated $250 to the campaign of Democratic Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and $100 to Democratic North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue.

Thompson and three other Republicans are running for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. One of those, political newcomer Eric Hovde, has been criticized for giving Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle $500 in 2005 as he was preparing to run for re-election.

Thompson spokesman Darrin Schmitz said Thursday the donations Thompson made to Democrats were "small, courtesy contributions to people he worked with as secretary or governor."

Records show Thompson has made $12,000 donations to Republicans running in Wisconsin and no Democrats.

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