Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, a leading Democratic campaign strategist and fundraiser, donated $1 million in campaign funds last month to his party’s effort to defend its Senate majority in the Nov. 6 election.
Schumer transferred the money Sept. 24 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to a filing it made with the Federal Election Commission.
Democrats control 53 Senate seats and are defending 23 seats in this year’s election, compared with 10 for Republicans. As DSCC chairman in the 2006 and 2008 elections, Schumer helped win and expand a Senate majority for Democrats. He won a third term in 2010 and had $9.6 million in campaign funds as October began.
Retiring Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota sent $330,000 last month in surplus campaign funds to the DSCC, which also received money from four senators strongly favored to win new terms on Nov. 6. They are Kirsten Gillibrand of New York ($250,000), Dianne Feinstein of California ($200,000), Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota ($100,000) and Bernard Sanders of Vermont ($100,000), an independent who aligns with Democrats for organizational purposes.
Max Baucus of Montana, who wants to keep the chairmanship of the tax-writing Finance Committee, transferred $250,000 to the DSCC.
Members of Congress are permitted to send campaign funds to national party committees in unlimited amounts.