Republican senators who received re-election campaign funds from Sen. Ted Stevens, indicted July 29 by a grand jury on seven corruption charges, have pledged to give the money to charity, reports McClatchy Newspapers.
Recipients of money raised by the Alaska Republican’s political-action committee, Northern Lights, include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, who chairs the Republican Conference. Each said he will give away $10,000 in donations.
Among other senators who made similar promises: Norm Coleman, of Minnesota, who is giving up $20,000; Elizabeth Dole, of North Carolina, and Pat Roberts, of Kansas, who are each giving $10,000 to a campaign to fight hunger.
Senator Stevens was indicted on charges of lying to hide more than $250,000 in gifts from the Veco Corporation.
Senator Stevens is expected to plead not guilty to the charges Thursday in court, the Associated Press reports.