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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, gestures as he refuses to answer questions as he leaves after addressing a gathering, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Garwood, New Jersey. Mel Evans/AP

When news broke last month on the Department of Justice’s plans to indict Sen. Robert Menendez on criminal corruption charges, the New Jersey Democrat signaled he would fight.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

The test of Menendez’s will begins today, as a federal indictment charges the senator with 14 counts, including bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud.

It’s certain to add considerably to the already massive legal bills Menendez has racked up — and that political patrons are helping pay off. From early 2013 through the end of 2014, Menendez reported spending more than $1.2 million on legal fees, using a combination of cash from his campaign committee, political action committee and a legal defense fund, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal documents.