While Some Stop Accepting Menendez’s Money After Corruption Allegations, Few Democrats Refuse To Speak Out About It

While some Democratic legislators have admitted they are no longer accepting donations from New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez as a result of his indictment, others have said nothing about his financial support of their committees.

While Some Stop Accepting Menendez's Money After Corruption Allegations, Few Democrats Refuse To Speak Out About It

The Democrat senator and his wife, Nadine Menendez, are facing corruption and bribery charges that were unveiled by federal prosecutors last week. They include claims that the senator helped the Egyptian government and participated in a fraudulent plot with three New Jersey businesspeople.

Resignation from the Senate has been demanded by senior Democrats in response to the indictment. Other politicians have also declared they are returning the funds he sent from his New Millennium PAC to their committees as a result of it.

But although some people moved quickly to separate themselves from Menendez’s wealth, others have resisted or kept quiet.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, whose campaign received $5,000 from Menendez’s PAC earlier this year, was one of the Democrats whose committees and offices Fox News Digital contacted. Other Democrats who have remained silent about their Menendez contributions include Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

“In the United States, we honor the rule of law and everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” a Manchin spokesperson said. “Until there is a verdict, this is an issue between the people of New Jersey and Senator Bob Menendez.”

Inquiring as to whether they intended to return or donate his money like some others, Fox News Digital also contacted the committees and offices of Sens. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

None, however, provided feedback when asked about their plans for the contributions, which have regularly ranged from $5,000 to $15,000 since 2021. Numerous of them, including Warnock, Kelly, and Gillibrand, have called for Menendez to step down.

A request for comment was not answered by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which has received $30,000 in transfers from Menendez’s PAC recently.

Other Democratic lawmakers have stated that they will donate or return the money, which stands in stark contrast to this. Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jon Tester of Montana are two of those people facing challenging reelection contests in 2019.

Sen. John Fetterman, a Pennsylvania senator who was referring to the cash-filled envelopes that investigators discovered in Menendez’s residence, said he would return the Menendez money.

Meanwhile, Menendez has maintained his innocence and is confident that he will be completely cleared of all charges and continue serving in Congress.

The long-time lawmaker has been charged with engaging in a conspiracy that ultimately benefited the Egyptian government while holding office in the U.S. Senate. According to the indictment, the legislator and his wife took bribes totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars “to seek to protect and enrich” three businessmen.

According to the indictment, the bribes included money, gold bars, house payments, remuneration for no-show jobs, a luxury vehicle, and “other things of value.”

Menendez denied any involvement in a statement issued shortly after the indictment and said that individuals and organisations are working “behind the scenes” to silence him and prepare his “political grave.”

He continued by saying that all of his actions were fully within the bounds of what his office was allowed to do.

“Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendoes to create an air of impropriety where none exists,” he wrote.

On Wednesday, Menendez and his wife entered a not-guilty plea to the accusations.

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