BOSTON -- FOX Business checks in on the developing story surrounding the potentially illegal Democrat fundraising scheme run by Thornton Law: "Senator Elizabeth Warren has reportedly received an estimated $130,000 from the Thornton Law Firm over the past decade. Critics are surprised by her decision to keep the donations."
By Suzanne O'Halloran , Brittany De Lea
November 2, 2016
The Democratic National Committee, already engulfed by the WikiLeaks Donna Brazile scandal, is again on the defense Wednesday as some Democratic Senate candidates in tight races scramble to return thousands of dollars in campaign donations following allegations of a massive straw-donor scandal, which Republicans say may be wider than initial reports.
Despite the fanfare, one high profile Democrat, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), says she won't return the donations until it is proven that they were given illegally.
After some digging, the Globe reporters, along with the Center for Responsive Politics, realized that something was in fact off. Between 2010 and 2014, three of the firm’s partners gave $1.6M to mostly Democratic candidates. During that same period of time, those same three partners received $1.4M in bonuses from the law firm, in what appears to be reimbursement for their hefty donations.
The Massachusetts GOP has been one of the first to issue a call for an investigation by the FEC into the reports of illegal, hidden donations.
“We did call for an investigation. I think it has raised a lot of questions for voters, and the fact that these Democrats felt it important to return the money certainly indicates that there’s the appearance of a problem. It certainly looks that way to voters,” Terry MacCormack, Communications Director for the Massachusetts GOP, told FOXBusiness.com.
Republicans argue it could call into question the efficacy of some very narrow Senate races across the country. Democrats have raised more than $276 million for Senate races throughout this election cycle, compared with $256 million raised for Republican Senators.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has reportedly received an estimated $130,000 from the Thornton Law Firm over the past decade. Critics are surprised by her decision to keep the donations.
"Democrat politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren have spent their careers decrying hidden money in politics, yet Warren refuses to return the contributions she received in connection with this Democrat fundraising scheme that appeared to funnel hidden money to candidates,” Kirsten Hughes, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said in a statement.
Senator Warren’s office did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.
Judith Ingram of the Federal Election Commission tells FOXBusiness.com there is a lengthy process to review these complaints for merit and next steps.