Surprising? Several high ranking Democrats gave cash to Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) after he was indicted.
Most shocking was the two $10,000 gifts he gave to the Common Ground PAC. The Common Ground PAC is lead by none other than former Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine.
This new information came to light as the prosecution rested its case against Menendez in federal court yesterday. Menendez is facing 12 counts of corruption, including 1 of bribery.
Some of these Democratic politicians used their own leadership PACs to donate to Menendez’s campaign committee just days after Menendez had used his PAC to give to their campaigns, leaving their leadership PACs drained of identical amounts while increasing their respective campaign donations almost identically.
Menendez sent two checks totaling $10,000 on February 24 from the New Millennium PAC to Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D., Va.) campaign committee. Kaine’s leadership PAC, the Common Ground PAC, then sent two contributions totaling$10,000 on March 6 to Menendez’s campaign for both the primary and general election, records show.
Menendez then sent $5,000 from his PAC to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) campaign on March 9. On March 22, Warren’s leadership PAC, PAC for a Level Playing Field, gave $5,000 to Menendez’s campaign. Warren sent an additional $5,000 to Menendez’s campaign on March 31.
Besides Kaine, another member of the Democratic elite that is connected to Menendez Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Menendez was the target of an FBI investigation after they learned of a “corruption ring” involving Menendez and one of his major donors, Salomon Melgen, who is an eye surgeon in Florida.
Allegedly, Salomon gave Sen. Menendez several expensive gifts, trips, and of course cash. In exchange, Menendez is accused of doing favors for Melgen, including helping settle a multimillion dollar dispute that the doctor had with Medicare.
During the trial, Menendez has maintained his innocence, despite a slew of witnesses including private pilots, former congressional staffers, federal officials, and one ex-senator.