The seventeen Members of Congress who have announced their retirement from Congress have campaign accounts that hold over $13 million in campaign funds. Some of these funds may be donated to charities during this holiday season, some may not.
The member could also leave the funds in the account. Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who did not seek re-election in 2010, and is now a partner at McGuireWoods LLP, still has $9.8 million in his campaign account. Former Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., who resigned in July 2007, and is now the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, has $4.6 million in his account.
Campaign cash of announced retirees as of 9/30:
Sen. Max Baucus
, D-Mont., campaign cash $3,280,948
Rep. Tom Latham
, R-Iowa, campaign cash $871,499 but debts of $21,646
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., campaign cash $284,771
Rep. Jon Runyan
, R-N.J., campaign cash $295,784 but debts of $250,000
Several announced retirees also have funds in their leadership PACs. Currently there is no prohibition on the use of leadership PAC left-over funds for personal use. Those with more than $25,000 cash on hand include: the PAC of Sen. Tim Johnson $227,721 as of 6/30; the PAC of Rep. Michele Bachmann $90,330 as of 6/30; the PAC of Sen. Saxby Chambliss $83,022 as of 11/5; the PAC of Rep. Michele Bachmann $90,330 as of 6/30; the PAC of Sen. Tom Harkin $27,518 as of 9/30.
Last week the Federal Election Commission agreed to recommend to Congress that the Federal Election Campaign Act’s prohibition of the personal use of campaign funds be extended to apply to all political committees, including leadership PACs.
See earlier posting on what has happened to other leftover funds.