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Senator Menendez Plans to Give Away Money From Disgraced Donor

Sen. Robert Menendez’s campaign office says it will give away almost $20,000 he received from a northern New Jersey insurance company owner who pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions.

Senator Bob Menendez
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Joseph Bigica pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Franklin Lakes resident admitted recruiting straw donors, including family members, to make $98,000 in illegal contributions to a federal candidate.

The candidate was not identified in court, but election disclosure forms show that Bigica and his relatives donated about $30,000 to Menendez between 1998 and 2009.

A Menendez spokesman says the senator will donate about $19,000 received in the current election cycle to two charities.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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