Campaign 2010

Dec 01, 2005

Duke Pleads Guilty: When Will Congressional Republicans Return Cunningham’s Money?

DCCC Press

Dec 1, 2005

Duke Pleads Guilty: When Will Congressional Republicans Return Cunningham’s Money?

Duke Cunningham Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Bribery Charges, Yet Dozens of Republican Members of Congress Hold Tight to Cunningham’s Cash Even After Some Republicans Have Returned Duke’s Money

Duke Cunningham: "I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my high office."

$1,000 Amount of Cunningham money returned by Republican Jim Nussle.

$9,000 Amount of Cunningham money returned by Republican Rob Simmons.

Congressional Republicans have taken $180,604 from Duke Cunningham and his PACs.

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressional Republicans have taken over $180,000 from Congressman Duke Cunningham, who this week, announced his guilt and resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to charges of accepting $2.4 million in bribes and gifts from defense contractors and evading more than $1 million in taxes. This is another example of the pay-to-play culture of corruption that has permeated the nation’s capital and American families deserve to know why some representatives in Congress refuse to return the money they received from Duke Cunningham. Already, at least two of their fellow Republicans have given back the tainted cash.

"Now that Duke Cunningham has pleaded guilty and resigned from Congress, why won't Republicans in Congress return tainted cash they've taken from Congressman Cunningham?" asked Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The American families they represent deserve better than the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress that walks in lock-step with their ethically challenged colleagues."

Culture of Corruption:

Duke Cunningham Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Bribery Charges. California Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned from Congress this week after pleading guilty to charges of accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and evading more than $1 million in taxes. His resignation comes after months of denials and claims of his innocence. Cunningham came under suspicion for accepting these bribes for military contracts especially because of his role as chairman of the influential House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and member of the House Intelligence Committee.

  • $901 Robert Aderholt
  • $5,000 Mike Rogers (AL)
  • $2,000 J.D. Hayworth
  • $3,000 Rick Renzi
  • $1,000 Duncan Hunter
  • $1,000 Dan Lungren
  • $1,000 George Radanovich
  • $4,000 Bob Beauprez
  • $1,000 Ginny Brown-Waite
  • $5,000 Tom Feeney
  • $1,000 Katherine Harris
  • $1,000 Ric Keller
  • $1,901 Clay Shaw
  • $6,500 Max Burns
  • $1,000 Phil Gingrey
  • $1,000 Mark Kirk
  • $1,000 John Shimkus
  • $6,000 Chris Chocola
  • $2,000 Mike Sodrel
  • $5,000 Tom Latham
  • $11,000 Geoff Davis
  • $6,000 Anne Northup
  • $1,000 Charles Boustany
  • $5,000 Thaddeus McCotter
  • $5,000 Candice Miller
  • $3,000 Mike Rogers (MI)
  • $2,000 Sam Graves
  • $2,901 Charles Bass
  • $3,000 Steve Pearce
  • $7,000 Robin Hayes
  • $500 Walter Jones
  • $1,000 Patrick Tiberi
  • $1,000 Mike Fitzpatrick
  • $901 Don Sherwood
  • $1,000 Marsha Blackburn
  • $1,000 Kevin Brady
  • $1,000 Michael Burgess
  • $1,000 John Carter
  • $3,000 Randy Neugebauer
  • $2,000 Ted Poe
  • $1,000 Tom Davis
  • $5,000 Thelma Drake
  • $1,000 Randy Forbes
  • $1,000 Doc Hastings
  • $1,000 Cathy McMorris
  • $1,000 Dave Reichert
  • $6,000 Shelly Moore Capito

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