Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) has been a prolific fundraiser and generously contributed to his colleagues over the years, aiming to take over the campaign committee that helps get Republicans into the House. But now, Republicans are starting to question whether they want his money anymore, in the wake of the congressman's announcement that he's resigning under a cloud of scandal.
Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday that he will be donating the $5,000 contribution he received from Schock to charity.
Schock announced his resignation from Congress on Tuesday, after weeks of mounting questions about his use of taxpayer funds. He was also under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, although that probe will go away once Schock steps down on March 31.
On Wednesday, the Democratic Congressional Committee called on Republican lawmakers who received donations from Schock to donate the funds to the Treasury Department.
Schock has donated almost $750,000 to his Republican colleagues since 2008 through his Generation Y Fund leadership political action committee and campaign, according to the DCCC. He has also given $980,787 to the Republican National Committee, the Illinois Republican Party, National Republican Congressional Committee and several unsuccessful House bids of GOP hopefuls.
“As Congressman Jolly said himself, he is returning the $5,000 he received from Congressman Schock because it is in 'an abundance of good faith,'" said DCCC spokesman Matt Thornton Thursday in response to the Jolly news. "Will Republicans return the money and step up in the good faith of the American taxpayer?"