The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday decided to rid
itself of $100,000 in campaign contributions from disgraced financier
Bernard Madoff. The money will be given to a trust established for people who fell prey to Madoff's Ponzi schemes.
"We've reviewed this internally, and decided to give the money to the
trustee for distribution to the victims," DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz said on Thursday.
The committee had come under some scrutiny in the press in recent weeks as politicians who were the beneficiaries of Madoff money moved quickly to purge their campaign coffers of the tainted funds. The DSCC received four $25,000 contributions from Madoff between 2005 and 2008.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.