Election committees associated with 19 GOP lawmakers and one Democrat have contributed a total of $162,500 to the legal defense fund for Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). The Justice Department had been investigating stock sales made by the three-term senator before closing the case without charges in January.
The lone Democratic lawmaker to support Burr’s defense: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), whose PAC kicked in $10,000.
Leadership PACs for Republican Senators Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), John Thune (S.D.), Pat Toomey (Penn.); Reps. Richard Hudson (N.C.) and Patrick McHenry (N.C.); and former Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.) each donated $10,000.
The campaign for Sen. Tommy Tuberville (Ala.) and PACs for Sens. Shelly Moore Capito (W.V.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Rob Portman (Ohio), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Richard Shelby (Ala.) each contributed $5,000 to Burr’s fund. A PAC for former Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) donated $2,500.
The Plain State PAC, which is not associated with any one politician but supports Republicans, also contributed $10,000.
As Forbes reported in January, “Burr was under investigation for selling off $628,000 and $1.72 million worth of stock in February before the coronavirus tanked the market, prompting concerns he used non-public information to avoid the financial fallout from the virus.”
Spokespeople for the lawmakers did not immediately reply to Forbes’ inquiries.