- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, for now, is not returning $5,000 her 2012 campaign received from the leadership PAC of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who has been indicted on federal bribery charges.

Baldwin’s spokesman John Kraus said Monday that she believes the charges against Menendez are serious but “everyone is innocent until proven guilty and he is entitled to his day in court.”

Kraus says if Menendez is convicted, Baldwin will return the money.

The Wisconsin Republican Party is calling on Baldwin and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, whose 2010 re-election campaign accepted $5,000 from Menendez’s PAC in 2010, to return the money.

A spokesman for Feingold had no immediate comment.

Other Democrats across the country have returned or donated money they were given by Menendez.

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