Law firm of election panel chair donated to White

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INDIANAPOLIS - The state panel that is weighing voter fraud allegations against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White includes a Republican linked to White through political contributions.

Indiana Recount Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is listed as a participant in a White fundraiser in May 2009. Campaign finance records show a political action committee for Wheeler's law firm donated $5,000 to White's campaign in July 2010.

Frost Brown Todd spokesman Mike Murphy says the state double-counted contributions and that the PAC donated $2,500 to White and $1,000 to Democrat Vop Osili.

Wheeler says he did not attend the White fundraiser and made no direct contributions to White.

Democrats want White ruled ineligible and Osili to take office. The commission is scheduled to rule on their challenge Tuesday.

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