The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is asking Republican lawmakers who received donations from Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) to exercise their goodwill and donate the funds to the Treasury.
“Aaron Schock made a name for himself jet-setting around the country raising dollars for Republicans -- some of that at taxpayer expense,” DCCC Communications Director Matt Thornton said in a statement. “If his soon-to-be-former colleagues in the House are truly as concerned with wasteful spending in Washington as they claim to be, then they will donate Schock’s money to the Treasury.”
The DCCC highlighted 12 newly elected lawmakers who received donations from Schock: Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), Rep. Thomas MacArthur (R-N.J.), Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine), Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.).
The representatives did not immediately return requests for comment.
Through his Generation Y Fund leadership PAC and campaign, Schock has donated almost $750,000 to his Republican colleagues since 2008, according to the DCCC. The group also said that Schock has provided $980,787 to the Republican National Committee, the Illinois Republican Party, National Republican Congressional Committee and the fruitless House bids of several other people.
Schock announced on Tuesday that he would resign from Congress at the end of March following investigations into his questionable use of congressional and campaign funds. The investigations into Schock’s lavish spending were sparked by a Washington Post report on the congressman's expensive Downton Abbey-style office makeover.
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