US Sen. Chris Dodd, who has recently come under attack from Republicans for accepting $27,500 in campaign contributions from Stanford Financial Group, said Thursday at the state Capitol in Hartford that he will be giving it to charity.

Dodd, whose poll numbers a few weeks ago had dipped into the negative numbers, said he’s been around long enough to know not to pay attention to poll numbers.

Click the play arrow and watch as he defends the recent criticism. Following Dodd in the video Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy adds a few remarks of his own.