WASHINGTON -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office confirmed Thursday she will give back campaign contributions from indicted New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and a Menendez donor who was also indicted.
Klobuchar's office will return $10,000 her campaign received in 2012 from the New Jersey senator's Political Action Committee. She will also return $8,000 she received from Salomon Melgen, a Florida doctor who was also indicted yesterday
In the wording of the indictment, Klobuchar could be "Senator 1" who reportedly made an agreement with Menendez to each raise $25,000 for each other's re-election bids. Her office is not in trouble and did not face any questions of wrongdoing, said Justin Buoen, a Klobuchar campaign aide.
"Our campaign has never received questions from federal authorities about these contributions," he said, in a statement.
In 2008, Democratic Sen. Al Franken also received $10,000 from Menendez's Political Action Committee. No word on whether he plans to return the money.
National Republicans have been urging senators and other politicians who received money from Menendez to return the cash.