Kerry’s Campaign Cash Helps Senate Democrats Outraise Republicans

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Senator John Kerry in Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry left the Senate in February for his current job, though his campaign committee was aiding his former Democratic colleagues as recently as last month.

John Kerry for Senate sent $100,000 in surplus campaign funds to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on March 15, according to a filing the DSCC made last week.

Kerry’s transfer was the single largest donation received last month by the DSCC, which outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee by $5.2 million to $3.2 million during March.

Current and former members of Congress are permitted to transfer unlimited sums to national party committees, while individual donors are limited to giving $32,400 per calendar year.

The DSCC received that amount last month from some donors including lawyer David Boies; Bernard L. Schwartz, the chairman and chief executive officer of BLS Investments; and Daniel H. Stern, the co-chief executive officer of Reservoir Capital Group LLC and the president of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The NRSC received $32,400 each from former Nicholas F. Brady, a former Treasury Secretary, and Harold “Terry” McGraw III, chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill Cos. It got $30,800 from Jim C. Walton, the world’s 10th-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The Republican committee received $21,500 from billionaire Philip Anschutz and $15,000 from J. Willard Marriott Jr., chairman of Marriott International Inc.

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