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Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges and has agreed to cooperate in a corruption investigation into members of Congress.
updated 1/5/2006 7:07:48 PM ET 2006-01-06T00:07:48

President Bush and several lawmakers have announced they are refunding or giving to charity some or all of the donations they or their political action committees received from once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his associates or clients.

Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to three federal charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors requiring him to cooperate in a broad corruption investigation into members of Congress.

The following is a list of politicians who have announced they will return or donate funds received.

This week:

  • President Bush, $6,000 from Abramoff, his wife and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign is being donated to the American Heart Association. Abramoff raised at least $100,000 for the campaign.
  • House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. A spokesman would not say much money Hastert received or planned to donate.
  • House Majority Leader Roy Blunt, R-Mo., $8,500 to charity.
  • Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, $15,000 to local charities in suburban Houston.
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., $2,000 will be returned to the Michigan Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
  • Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., $11,000 to the American Indian Center of Chicago and the American Indian Health Service of Chicago.
  • Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (Republican), $16,000.

Senate Republicans:

  • Kit Bond, R-Mo., $12,500 to the Salvation Army.
  • Jim Bunning, R-Ky., $1,000 to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center inpatient hospice program.
  • Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., $1,000 to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.
  • Thad Cochran, R-Miss., $8,000 to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund.
  • Norm Coleman, R-Minn., $3,000 to be refunded or for charity.
  • Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., $1,000 to charity.
  • Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., $1,000 to charity.
  • Judd Gregg, R-N.H., $12,000 to Marguerites Place.
  • Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., $5,000 refunded. Isakson also donated $4,000 to the Salvation Army in December.
  • Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., refunding $4,000 to three Indian tribes.
  • Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., $18,500 to the Wayside Christian Mission.
  • Rick Santorum, R-Pa., $2,000 to charity.
  • Gordon Smith, R-Ore., $8,500 to be refunded or for charity.
  • Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, $16,500 to charity. Stevens also donated $1,000 to the Alaska chapter of the Red Cross in December.
  • John Sununu, R-N.H., $3,000 to charity.
  • Jim Talent, R-Mo., $2,000 to be refunded. Talent also refunded $3,000 in August 2005.
  • Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., $8,000 to victims of the 2005 tornado in Wright, Wyo.
  • John Thune, R-S.D., $2,000 to White Buffalo Calf Woman Society.
  • John W. Warner, R-Va., $1,000 to charity.

Senate Democrats:

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., $2,000 to charity.
  • Tim Johnson, D-S.D., $8,250 to Billy Mills Running Strong for American Indian Youth.
  • Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., $5,000, to the American Indian College Fund.

House Republicans:

  • Rodney Alexander, R-La., $2,000 to charity.
  • Dan Burton, R-Ind., $19,000 to charity.
  • Dave Camp, R-Mich., $500 to charity.
  • Chris Cannon, R-Utah, $2,000.
  • Eric Cantor, R-Va., about $10,000 to the William Byrd Community House.
  • Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., $250 to charity.
  • Thomas M. Davis III, R-Va., amount uncertain.
  • Kay Granger, R-Texas, $2,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth.
  • J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., $1,000 to charity.
  • Melissa Hart, R-Pa., $2,000 to two women’s shelters.
  • J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., $2,250 to the Salvation Army Katrina Disaster Fund.
  • Sam Johnson, R-Texas, $2,000 to the Dallas-Fort Worth USO.
  • Walter Jones, R-N.C., $1,000 to Salvation Army.
  • Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., $2,000 to be returned to the Mississippi band of the Choctaw Indian tribe.
  • Jim McCrery, R-La., $35,000 to the Salvation Army.
  • Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., $1,000 to Crossroads Safehouse.
  • Bob Ney, R-Ohio, $9,000 to charity.
  • Tom Petri, R-Wis., $11,000 to charity.
  • Chip Pickering, R-Miss., at least $2,500 to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund.
  • Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, $8,000 to charity.
  • Hal Rogers, R-Ky., $32,000 to the UNITE Foundation.
  • Paul Ryan, R-Wis., $949 to USO Operation Phone Home.
  • Jim Saxton, R-N.J., $7,000 total refunded in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
  • Bill Shuster, R-Pa., $1,000 to charity.
  • John Sweeney, R-N.Y., $2,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Curt Weldon, R-Pa., 2,000 to charity.
  • Jerry Weller, R-Ill., at least $500 to charity.
  • Roger Wicker, R-Miss., $250 to Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund.
  • Heather Wilson, R-N.M., $1,000 to the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

House Democrats:

  • Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, $500 to be returned to the Tigua tribe of El Paso.
  • Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., $1,500 total to be returned to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California and the Michigan Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
  • Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., $1,000 to be returned to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.
  • Lane Evans, D-Ill., $2,000 to Community Caring Conference.
  • Tim Holden, D-Pa., $1,000 to an animal shelter.
  • Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., $2,000 to be refunded.
  • Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., $6,950 to be refunded.
  • Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., $2,000 to charity.

December 2005:

  • Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., $18,892 to seven tribal colleges.
  • Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., $42,000 to charity.
  • Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., about $150,000 donated to Native American charities and refunded.
  • Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., $3,750 to North Dakota’s tribal colleges.
  • Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., $67,000 refunded.
  • Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., $6,000 to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
  • Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., $19,900 refunded and given to charity.

August-November 2005

  • Rep. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J., $1,000 to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.
  • Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., returned $1,000.
  • Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, $1,000 to the American Indian College Fund.
  • Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., $1,250 to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

February 2002

  • Sen. David Vitter, R-La., $6,000 refunded.

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