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Bernard Madoff, who stands convicted of fraud in a $50-billion Ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of investors, ruined lives and closed down charities, was a big giver to Democratic causes.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Madoff and his wife Ruth gave $238,200 to federal candidates, parties and committees in the years since 1991, with Democrats getting 88% of their donations. Overall, Madoff and other individuals at his company, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, donated $372,100 in campaign contributions over the same period, with 89% going to Democrats.
Most Democrats who discovered they had Madoff money in their coffers rushed to give it away.