"Senator Feingold was happy to rake in illegal contributions from this out-of-state, high-powered law firm without asking any questions until he was caught red-handed", Brian Reisinger said Sunday.
Many other Democrats running in some of the nation's most critical Senate races who have cashed campaign checks from the firm have yet to return the donations. "We'll look at all of it and do whatever we have to do by law". Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is returning $51,000 in donations to her U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns. The firm said its payments complied with the law.
Kander isn't alone in returning money that came from Thornton lawyers.
The Thornton Law Firm has contributed $750,000 to federal candidates with almost all of those donations going to Democrats in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Globe, partnering with the Center for Responsive Politics, found that attorneys at the Thornton Law Firm have for several years been given "bonuses" to offset political contributions they have made, particularly to Democratic candidates - including top party leaders and, this year, Murphy. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats while reimbursing its partners with about $1.4 million - with "more than 280 of the contributions precisely matched to bonuses that were paid within 10 days".
"As soon as we became aware of this situation we made a decision to write a check equivalent to what employees at the firm had contributed to the campaign, $25,000, to the U.S. Treasury", said Anne Feldman, a Kander spokeswoman. Hassan is the Democratic candidate for the US Senate in this year's election.
"There's no tolerance from my campaign or from me for anything that would even skirt on the possibility of being inappropriate", Feingold told reporters Sunday.
"Rep. Duckworth immediately instructed her campaign to issue a check to the U.S. Treasury in the amount of $26,100 upon learning of this", said Matt McGrath, the campaign spokesman. All three also pledged to return that money on Monday, according to Politico. The firm, through a lawyer, tells the Globe it believes its actions were legal.
"The Globe's investigation has revealed troubling details about these donations", Murphy spokesman Joshua Karp said in a statement Monday.
"I think there's no doubt that a lot of the folks who may have gotten contributions from that firm probably have no idea how the inner workings of any of those organizations actually work", Baker said. "We'll be donating them to the U.S. Treasury, because that is the right thing to do".
Lawyers at the firm also gave tens of thousands of dollars to Sens.
According to the Globe story, Democratic US Sen.
A handful of Democrats announced their intentions to return the donations after the report sunk in, citing disapproval of the legally-murky donations practices at Thornton Law Firm.