McCarthy will return money donated by indicted associates of Giuliani

Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Trump calls on Republicans to 'get rid' of Cheney, other GOP critics MORE (R-Calif.) will reportedly return campaign donations from two known associates of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims Sacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug MORE who were arrested Thursday for violating campaign finance laws, Vice reported.

The House minority leader and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) both received considerable donations from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, a pair of Ukrainian American businessmen.


Parnas and Fruman were reportedly helping Giuliani, President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE's personal lawyer, put pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE.

The two were arrested and indicted Wednesday on charges of funneling illegal campaign contributions into a pro-Trump super PAC.

Parnas and Fruman also gave money to other Republican candidates, including $50,000 to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTrump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run Five takeaways from CPAC 2021 MORE.

McCarthy received $2,700 directly and an additional $11,000 went to Protect the House, a joint fundraising committee of which both McCarthy and the NRCC were beneficiaries, according to the news source.

“These contributions were made ahead of events sponsored by Protect the House, a joint fundraising committee that McCarthy helped form last cycle," McCarthy spokesman Matt Spark told The Hill in a statement.

"The deception documented in today's indictment has no place in our country and as a result, McCarthy plans to donate amounts received to a local charity.” 

A local charity has not yet been named.