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UPDATE: Blumenthal and Murphy Donate Franken Campaign Cash

November 17, 2017 By Staff
UPDATE: Blumenthal and Murphy Donate Franken Campaign Cash

Around 24 hours after a woman accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexual harassment, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) donated their Franken contributions.

It’s been more than 24 hours since news broke that a woman accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexually harassing her on a USO tour in 2006, when Franken was a comedian.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Friday they will contribute $30,000 that Franken gave them to charity.

As Reclaim Connecticut pointed out on Thursday, $20,000 from Franken went to Murphy (including $10,000 in the current election cycle) and $10,000 to Blumenthal.

On Friday, Matt Corey – who’s running for U.S. Senate against Murphy in 2018 – had demanded Murphy “return the tainted Franken cash immediately.”

On Thursday, Blumenthal responded to the allegations against Franken, saying “[u]nwanted sexual advances are never OK and never funny.”

Asked about the matter, Blumenthal, a close ally of Franken’s, said: “Unwanted sexual advances are never OK and never funny. It takes tremendous courage to come forward. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior, and Senator Franken needs to address it directly.”

UPDATE: Reclaim Connecticut updated this story at 3pm ET and 4pm ET, to reflect Murphy’s and Blumenthal’s donation of Franken contributions.