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Top Dem committee accepted thousands from Menendez the same day feds unsealed his bribery charges

A top Democrat committee accepted thousands of dollars from New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s PAC on the same day federal investigators revealed his bribery charges to the public, filings reviewed by Fox News Digital show.

On the morning of Sept. 22, federal investigators unsealed the charges against Menendez, who chaired the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his wife, Nadine Menendez. The charges included accusations that he benefited from the Egyptian government and engaged in a corrupt scheme alongside Fred Daibes, a New Jersey real estate developer, Wael Hana, who runs a halal meat certification business in the state, and businessman Jose Uribe.

That same day, Menendez’s New Millennium PAC wired a $15,000 contribution to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) recount account, filings show. The DSCC is the primary group that works to elect and sustain Democrats in Congress’s upper chamber.

Menendez’s contributions became a point of contention following his indictment, but the embattled Democrat made those transfers before the announcement. His Sept. 22 contribution to the DSCC is the first known donation to any committee made on the same day or after his charges became public. 

“Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendoes to create an air of impropriety where none exists,” he wrote shortly after the indictment.

Menendez and his wife pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Fox News Digital’s Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.

Joe Schoffstall is a politics producer/reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Joe.Schoffstall@Fox.com and on Twitter: @joeschoffstall

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