Gillibrand to donate money from Franken's PAC

Gillibrand to donate money from Franken's PAC
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India MORE (D-N.Y.) is planning to donate the money she has received from Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMeet the Democrats' last best hope of preserving a House majority Franken rules out challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour MORE's PAC after an accusation of sexual misconduct against the Minnesota Democrat.

Gillibrand is planning to donate the $12,500 she's received from the political action group to Protect our Defenders, a group dedicated to ending the "epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military."

"In light of today's news about Senator Franken, Senator Gillibrand will be donating all the donations her campaign has received from his PAC ($12,500 over the course of her career) to Protect our Defenders who she stood with at her Military Justice Improvement Act press conference earlier today," Gillibrand's senior adviser, Glen Caplin, said in a statement.

Gillibrand said earlier Thursday she believes the woman who accused Franken Thursday of groping and kissing her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006.

In a tweet, Gillibrand said the allegations against Franken were "deeply concerning" and called for an ethics investigation into his behavior.

 

Gillibrand, along with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), one day earlier introduced legislation that would overhaul policies to combat and report complaints of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

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The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On Congress (ME TOO Congress) Act would require sexual harassment awareness training and would reform the process for staffers to file complaints.

Gillibrand told reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday that there is a "serious sexual harassment problem in Congress."

"And too many congressional offices are not taking this problem seriously at all,” she said.

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillBiden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies On The Trail: Trump-inspired challengers target GOP governors MORE (D-Mo.) also plans to donate the $30,000 she has received from Franken's PAC. She will give the money she has received in the last three election cycles to a Missouri-based charity.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 WATCH: The Hill recaps the top stories of the week Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum MORE (R-Ky.), along with several other lawmakers, have called for an ethics investigation into Franken's behavior since the allegation surfaced.

Franken on Thursday apologized for his actions and called for an ethics investigation into his own behavior.