Politicians Are Giving Back Their Donations From Sam Bankman-Fried

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U.S. politicians, many of them Democrats, have been very publicly returning—or giving away—campaign donations from former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.

A public spreadsheet shared by, a nonprofit that tracks U.S. campaign finance and lobbying, shows that the vast majority of those donations have gone to Democrats. 

What follows is a list of politicians who’ve returned or said they were re-donating the money received from Bankman-Fried to a charitable organization. Their returned or re-donated contributions represent $1.2 million of Bankman-Fried’s political contributions—roughly 3% of all his campaign donations.

Among the politicians who received money from Bankman-Fried but either haven’t returned or re-gifted the money (or haven’t said publicly that they did) are: Sens. John Boozman (R-AR) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who co-sponsored the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act; Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who’s been vocal in calling for stronger investor protections after FTX’s collapse; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); and Mitt Romney (R-UT).The full list of recipients can be found on OpenSecrets.

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