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Ex-Sen. Bayh keeps options open for his future

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Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh is keeping his options open for his future as he holds onto about $10 million in campaign money.

Bayh, who left the Senate two years ago, has no publicly stated plans for using that cash beyond providing aid to other Democrats.

"I'm helping others, but I'm going to keep my own options open for the future," Bayh told The Courier-Journal of Louisville.

Federal Election Commission filings show that the Evan Bayh Committee reported $10.1 million on hand as of Sept. 30. Bayh's All America PAC reported more than $400,000 in its accounts.

Since filing those reports, Bayh has provided campaign donations to the Indiana Democratic Party, Democratic Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly and a few other Democrats, according to the ex-senator and the party.

Bayh left the Senate on Jan. 3, 2011, after deciding not to seek re-election after 12 years in the Senate. He is currently a strategic adviser for McGuireWoods LLP in Washington, a law and lobbying firm.

Bayh, who also served eight years as Indiana governor, declined to discuss what he might be holding onto his campaign cash for.

FEC rules allow a candidate for federal office to keep campaign money and use it in a bid for statewide office.

"I'd like to think at 57 I'm not ancient," Bayh said. "I don't know what the future has in store. So I haven't completely foreclosed the possibility of entering public life again. I'm not predicting that, but I'm not ready to rule it out entirely yet either. So that's the reason to keep the balance of the fund."

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said that Bayh donated $300,000 to the party in October for the campaigns of various Democratic candidates for the House and Senate.

Records show Bayh also has given the $10,000 maximum from his PAC to Donnelly's campaign. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was the only other Senate candidate to receive Bayh's PAC money, a $2,500 contribution, as of Sept. 30.

U.S. Army veteran Brendan Mullen, who's running for the U.S. House in Indiana's 2nd District, got $2,000 from Bayh's PAC, according to records.

Bayh also gave $30,800 in July 2011 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which distributes money and resources to Democratic Senate candidates.

While Bayh is keeping his campaign money at hand, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is closing down his campaign operations, FEC records show.

Lugar, who was defeated by tea party-backed Richard Mourdock in the May primary, had made $831,000 in refunds to donors by the end of June, according to his FEC reports.

Those refunds were required by FEC regulations because the money was raised for a general election campaign in which the senator is not participating.

As of Sept. 30, Lugar's campaign had raised nearly $5 million for the 2012 cycle and had slightly less than $77,000 remaining.

Lugar's 19th Star PAC has raised some money and given $12,500 to GOP candidates in the third quarter of this year. That PAC still had $93,144 as of Sept. 30.

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  • coward
    Evan is a big coward and pussy cat that is scared of any fight he turned his back on president obama and indiana. He is not worthy of our time and vote.
  • No more Evan
    I agree with all the comments about him ducking out when he was neede and not needed to come back to Indiana polititics. His father would be ashamed.
  • PLease Dont!!
    Evan dumped Indiana and ran back to Virginia. I hope he stays in Virginia and we can have a real Democrat Governor some day. Turncoat..coward
  • It's coming!!!!!!!!
    Are you kidding,TTQ?? Along with the RTW and time changes, we'll have unemployment down to 2% any time now.
  • whosezoneruon
    One option would be to come back and get the time zones put back to normal.
  • Confused?
    "You'd have made a FAR better Governor than Daniels ever was! I resapect you, and look forward to hopefully voting for you again!" Uh, Evan Bayh WAS Governor, for two terms, no less. That was after he returned to Indiana from California just long enough to establish residency, and ran for Secretary of State, claiming that he was not pursuing higher office. After less than a year in the Secretary of State position, he began setting up a run for the Governor's office. He then sat in the State Exectutive's office doing almost nothing, so as not to alienate anyone prior to running for his true goal, the U.S. Senate. In the meantime, his wife was placed on a variety of paid boards for which she would never be otherwise qualified, thereby raising plenty of cash for the Bayh family (sort of like Michelle Obama and her highly paid Chicago health care job, for which she was paid full time for a part time job). Isn't politics wonderful?
  • Reply
    @ Mark I do agree with you, but when he was needed he ducted. Let him sleep
    • Evan go away
      Evan Bayh please go /stay whereever you are. I will never VOTE for you again. When the Country needed you, you ducted, you are not the man/person I thought you were, stay home.
    • right
      how do you resapect someone.
    • Mr Bayh
      You'd have made a FAR better Governor than Daniels ever was! I resapect you, and look forward to hopefully voting for you again!

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