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Former Sen. Larry Pressler Still Not Going For The Money

A former U.S. Senator, who could not be bribed, is returning to the campaign circuit after earning only a modest amount from teaching and consulting work during the last two years.  

At the end of December, former South Dakota Republican Sen.  Larry Pressler ,  started his 2014 candidacy as an Independent for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.  Pressler served in the Senate from 1979 to 1997, and served in the House from 1975-1979. Pressler lost to Tim Johnson in 1996. Johnson has announced he would not seek re-election in 2014.  

Congress Gets Away With Free Foreign Trips (Updated)

Some members of Congress didn't stick around Washington during the cold month of February, but they found better places to be on free trips to foreign lands.  

The big free trips during February included eleven members on the trip to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation . Another nineteen went to Cartagena, Colombia, with expenses paid by the Aspen Institute, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund . Other members went to Japan, Australia, and Belgium. The trip to Australia for one member and his spouse was worth almost $50,000.  

Retiring Senators Holding More Than $5 Million in Accounts

Senators leaving Congress at the end of this year currently hold $5,334,251 in their campaign accounts and leadership PACs.  

Campaign committees may use the funds for any lawful purpose, but the funds cannot be converted to personal use. Some members donate the funds to non-profits, charities, educational institutions, political parties, other candidates (within limits), or refund contributions to the original donors. Or they could leave the funds in the campaign account, and keep it going for years.  

Baucus - Leaving His Millions Behind?

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A U.S. Senator, who will be leaving soon to take up duties in China as the U.S. Ambassador, currently has over $3.2 million in his campaign and leadership PAC funds.  

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was confirmed yesterday as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. The year-end campaign finance report  filed at the end of January by the Friends of Max Baucus showed his campaign committee had $3,200,508 cash on hand, and debts of $1,000. The committee received no contributions in the fourth quarter of 2013. From 1980 to the present, Baucus has raised $32.7 million, and spent $29.5 million on his campaigns. View his career  finances.