Retiring Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh has contributed $1 million from his campaign funds to help the state Democratic Party in
its quest to hold on to the seat.
Party officials say it is the largest donation ever by an individual not on the ballot.
Bayh announced in February that he would not seek re-election. He has more than $12 million available in his campaign account,
which can be used to help his party or be saved for a future campaign.
Bayh's retirement announcement came too late for any Democrats to file paperwork for the May primary. Second-term Rep.
Brad Ellsworth has since said he will run and is expected to get the party's endorsement when it meets May 15.
Bayh says the donation is a "million dollar vote of confidence" in Ellsworth and Indiana Democrats.