U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, the only South Florida member of Congress who accepted money from U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, the disgraced Illinois Republican who resigned this week, says he won't return the campaign contribution -- because he no longer has the cash.
Democrats have been calling on all Republicans supported by Schock to get rid of the money in light of his resignation over misusing taxpayer dollars. U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Tampa donated to charity the $5,000 he got from Schock's GOP Generation Y Fund political committee.
"As Congressman Jolly said himself, he is returning the $5,000 he received from Congressman Schock because it is in 'an abundance of good faith,'" said Matt Thornton, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman. "Will Republicans return the money and step up in the good faith of the American taxpayer?"
Curbelo received $10,000 from Schock's PAC for his election last year. But the Miami Republican's campaign ended in the red, so the money has been spent.
"If the campaign had rolled over any funds from the 2014 cycle, it would have certainly considered donating the contributions to charity as was done in a previous case," said Nicole Rapanos, who managed the 2014 campaign. "However, the campaign has received no support from the political action committee in question during the current election cycle."
The earlier case Rapanos referred to involved former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges. Curbelo gave the $2,600 contribution he received last year from Grimm's PAC to the Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School PTA.