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Menendez, facing charges, raises $400,000 for legal defense

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, facing a federal indictment on bribery and corruption charges, reported his legal defense fund has raised nearly $1.3 million since it was launched last year and $430,000 from the start of this year until the day before he was indicted. Menendez, a Democrat, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight the indictment, which alleges he helped his longtime friend and co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, with his business dealings in exchange for trips to a lavish villa in the Dominican Republic and campaign donations. A filing with the IRS and the Senate covers money raised and spent from Jan. 1 through March 31. News of the pending indictment was first...