Gibbs' ex-campaign official gives to opponent

HOUSTON Except that Matt Dabrowski, who until three weeks ago was on Sekula Gibbs' campaign staff in Houston, made the donation to her opponent in the April 8 primary runoff, Pete Olson, the Houston Chronicle reported on its Web site Friday.

The March 10 contribution was listed on campaign records Olson filed this week with the Federal Election Commission. So was a $3,646 "separation" payment made to Dabrowski by Sekula Gibbs' campaign.

Olson and Sekula Gibbs are vying for the seat that once belonged to former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The winner will face incumbent Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Stafford, in the November general election.

Contributions under $200 don't have to be itemized on campaign finance reports. By donating $50 more, Dabrowski, who has conducted polls for Newt Gingrich's political organization, made certain his name appeared as an Olson backer in the 22nd Congressional District race.

Dabrowski, a Connecticut-based pollster, had no comment when reached by phone by the newspaper.

C.B. Currier, Sekula Gibbs' campaign manager, told The Associated Press Friday that Dabrowski had left the campaign because he was ill but was under the impression "we parted ways in a good way."

"I don't know why he would make the donation," Currier said.

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