Illinois GOP calls on Durbin, Duckworth to give away Franken contributions
The Illinois Republican Party recently called on Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to give up campaign contributions from Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) following allegations of sexual harassment against him, according to release from the party.
Durbin and Duckworth have publically announced their support for an ethics investigation into Franken and his behavior after radio host Leeann Tweeden came forward with an account of how Franken had kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour.
The Illinois GOP is criticizing the state’s senators for not going far enough in their refutation of Franken following the allegations, arguing that they should donate the campaign contributions they have received from Franken to charity. Durbin has received $5,000 and Duckworth $21,000, according to the Illinois GOP’s release.
"Calls for an investigation are not enough,” Illinois Republican Party spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in a statement. “Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth should put their money where their mouth is and immediately give away the dirty money they've received from Al Franken. Some of their Democratic peers in the Senate have already taken action and given away the campaign contributions. It's time for Durbin and Duckworth to do the same."