Ken Boehm, president of the conservative watchdog National Legal and Policy Center, said it was an issue of ethics. "A public office is a public trust. . . If I were a lawmaker, I would refuse to take the money," Boehm said. "They should either return it or turn it over to charity."
As the investigations grind on, the bank's political action committee has continued to write checks for many thousands of dollars.
Party groups including the Democratic National Committee, the Republican National Committee, and both parties' House and Senate groups took a combined $180,000 from the fund. None responded to multiple requests with a comment.
UBS' giving continued as late as October of this year, as noted by Web site Harpers.org. The bank gave $5,000 to the campaign and PAC of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, despite the fact he faced no challenger. McCarthy was recently named to a top Republican leadership post. His congressional office referred a reporter's questions to McCarthy's campaign office, which did not respond to an inquiry.