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Maryland Democratic Congress candidate Will Jawando to give away contributions from Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager under fire for buying a pharmaceutical company and ratcheting up the price of a life-saving drug, is escorted by law enforcement agents in New York Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, after being taken into custody following a securities probe. A seven-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Thursday charged Shkreli with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud.
Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager under fire for buying a pharmaceutical company and ratcheting up the price of a life-saving drug, is escorted by law enforcement agents in New York Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, after being taken into custody following a securities probe. A seven-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Thursday charged Shkreli with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. (Craig Ruttle / Associated Press)

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive and former hedge fund manager arrested on fraud charges Thursday, has given heavily to a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, Federal Election Commission records show.

Shkreli personally contributed $5,400 to Democrat Will Jawando's campaign. Employees at Shkreli's company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, gave more than $23,000, a significant portion of the $275,000 Jawando has raised for his campaign.

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Jawando told The Baltimore Sun he will donate the money contributed from Shkreli to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.

"I met Mr. Skhreli one time and he decided to support my campaign after hearing me speak," Jawando said in a statement. "There's no mistaking my strong support for preventing drug companies from price gouging and Hillary Clinton's proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for seniors."

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Jawando, a former Obama administration aide, is running in a crowded primary field for the seat currently held by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat.

Turing Pharmaceuticals generated outrage this year when the company raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill. The drug is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a disease that mainly affects pregnant women.

Shkreli faces fraud charges unrelated to his time at Turing.

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