U.S. Rep. Martha McSally announced she will donate to veterans groups the more than $22,000 her campaign received from former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks.
The announcement comes less than a day after Franks surprise announcement that he would leave the House amid allegations that he asked female staffers to be surrogates for his child.
“Congresswoman McSally, like everyone else is just learning about the disturbing allegations regarding former Congressman Franks. Immediately after Congresswoman McSally learned about the allegations, she decided to donate all the funds she has received from Rep. Franks to a veterans’ charity,” said Andrea Bozek, a McSally campaign spokeswoman.
Franks gave $2,000 to McSally on in September, another $4,000 in 2016, $6,733 in 2014 and $9,333 in 2012, according to Federal Election Commission records.
The Arizona Democratic Party had demanded earlier Friday that McSally and state Sen. Steve Smith — who is running in Arizona Congressional District 1 — return the money that Franks and his political action committee gave them.
Franks’ PAC, Defending America’s Future, gave Smith’s campaign $1,000 in June.
A representative for the Smith campaign did not return calls seeking comment.