Vulnerable Senators John Tester (D-MT) and Bob Casey (D-PA) are each donating $10,000 they received from the political action committee (PAC) affiliated with indicted Senator Bob Menendez. (D-NJ)but that’s less than half of the donations they’ve received from the PAC over the years, according to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) report and review of records.
THE The hill Alexander Bolton first reported that Tester and Casey — both up for re-election in 2024 — were donating $10,000 each that they received from the New Millennium PAC, the leadership PAC affiliated with Menendez. The embattled senator was indicted Friday for allegedly “accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes” from New Jersey businessmen and now faces a chorus of calls for resignation.
However, Bolton pointed out that Tester’s campaign has received $30,000 over the years from the New Millennium PAC, while Casey’s campaign committees received $26,000 — more than double the donations pledged Monday. FEC records show the New Millennium PAC has donated $5,000 to Montanans for Tester six times since January 2011.
Tester said in a statement Monday that Menendez “should resign for the sake of the public’s trust in the Senate.” The tester’s donation will go to a “veterans’ charity,” according to the Hill.
The New Millennium PAC also donated $6,500 to the Bob Casey Committee for Pennsylvania between August and December 2005, according to FEC records. Since September 2011, he has received an additional $20,000 in PAC donations to the Bob Casey for Senate Inc. Committee.
In addition to pledging to donate $10,000 his campaign received from Menendez to a yet-to-be-reported cause, Casey also called on Menendez to resign.
“Even though he enjoys the presumption of innocence, holding public office is a privilege that requires higher standards of conduct. Senator Menendez should resign,” Casey said in a statement shared via press release.
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) is another Democrat who is up for re-election next year in a conflict state and will donate $10,000 in contributions she received from Menenedez’s PAC, the Nevada Independent reports. Campaign finance records show that’s all she received from the PAC, two five-thousand-dollar contributions earlier this year.
“The well-documented accusations of political corruption are a violation of the public trust, and Senator Menendez should resign,” Rosen said in a statement released by the outlet.
Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) on Saturday called for Menendez to resign. His spokesperson, Joe Cavello, told the Messenger that Fetterman was working to return his $5,000 campaign donation he received from Menendez, joking that it would be returned “in envelopes stuffed with $100 bills “.
Federal agents recovered $480,000 in cash from Menendez’s home last summer, some of which was found in envelopes. Some envelopes were found in jackets embroidered with “Senator Menendez” or “Robert Menendez.”
Menendez, at a press conference Monday, claimed, “I withdrew thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account” over three decades that he “kept for emergencies.”
“It may sound old-fashioned, but it was money taken from my personal savings account based on the income I legally received over those 30 years,” he added.
And despite calls to resign, he indicated Monday that he has no plans to go anywhere.
“Some people calling for my resignation for political reasons say I have lost the trust of the people of New Jersey. This could not be more false,” Menendez said during the press conference.
“For now, I remain focused on continuing the important work I do every day on behalf of the nine million people who call New Jersey home, including doing everything we can this week to avoid a shutdown of the government,” he added.