Menendez defense raises more than $1.5M since indictment

Menendez defense raises more than $1.5M since indictment

Menendez defense raises more than $1.5M since indictment

TRENTON - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has raised more than $1.5 million for his legal defense fund since he was indicted on federal corruption charges April 1 and has spent more than $867,000 defending himself.

A financial disclosure form sent to the Senate shows the Democratic senator raised $1,557,003 between April 1 and June 30. He was indicted on 14 counts accusing him of using his influence to help a Florida eye doctor in exchange for lavish vacations and campaign donations.

Menendez, who represents New Jersey, has pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight the charges.

The money is on top of the nearly $1.3 million the legal fund had raised by the time he was indicted.

The expenditures from the fund include legal fees, travel expenses and fundraising consulting.

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