Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) said yesterday he is willing to turn over to the U.S. Treasury some of the campaign contributions he has received from savings and loan groups after his staff finishes reviewing the source of the funds.

Specifically, Dole said on NBC News's "Meet the Press" that he would be "happy" to turn back several thousand dollars donated to his 1988 presidential campaign by California savings and loan owner Charles H. Keating Jr.

"{I} haven't done it yet but I'll be happy to," said Dole. "I don't know Mr. Keating. Saw him once. Talked to him once months ago, years ago, I guess. So there was no exchange. I mean somebody made a contribution. We had thousands of contributors. I didn't go down and check them out. But I assume if that's

a problem we'll return the money."

Five other senators to whom Keating allegedly directed $1.3 million are the subject of a Senate ethics committee investigation into their intervention with federal regulators on Keating's behalf.

Last week, one of the five, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Donald W. Riegle Jr. (D-Mich.), said he would turn over to the federal government about $120,000 in campaign contributions from savings and loan interests.

In the House, Rep. Charles J. Pashayan Jr. (R-Calif.), who is facing an uphill reelection fight because of his sponsorship of thrift legislation, has turned back $26,000 in Keating-related contributions.

Asked if he would return about $70,000 in contributions from thrift industry groups, Dole said his staff was analyzing the funding sources.

"I don't think you indict everybody in an S&L because of Charles Keating," he said.

But in response to a question about savings institutions that had failed or used "tainted" money, Dole said:

"Then I think you ought to return it, even though, of course, the question is did they buy something from the senator. In my case, I don't think so."

On the subject of Congress-White House negotiations on the budget deficit, Dole said, "Everything is on the table. It's wide open."

He said he believes a sufficient number of Republicans will support a "responsible" deficit-reduction plan despite last week's resolution by House Republicans opposing any tax increases.

But he said it is "probably not realistic" to hope for a summit agreement before Congress adjourns for its August recess.