Dennis J. Kucinich

Kucinich to return $20K to pro-Syrian government group

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, said he plans to return a $20,000 speaking fee he received last year from a group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The former congressman announced his decision in a letter sent Thursday to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, which was placed in a tough spot by the payment after having endorsed Kucinich for governor.

Kucinich had come under mounting political pressure after news reports revealed that the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees that paid for the speech was the parent organization to the pro-Assad Syrian Solidarity Movement.

Kucinich said that he was...