Since he left Congress at the beginning of this year, Michael Ferguson has cut the balance of his old campaign account in half. He started the year with $113,446 cash on hand, and had $54,911 in the bank as of the end of September. Now a Washington lobbyist, Ferguson has contributed $20,000 to campaign accounts and political action committees connected to some former House colleagues.
Ferguson gave $4,000 last May to Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Congressman who later drew national attention when he called the President a liar during a joint session of Congress. He also gave $5,000 to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's PAC, and $4,000 to former House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. Ferguson also contributed to a Senator from North Carolina (Richard Burr, a former House colleague), and Congressmen from Kansas, California, Nebraska, and Michigan.
In New Jersey, Ferguson used his campaign account to contribute $3,400 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie. That is Ferguson's lone contribution from his campaign to local GOP candidates.
Jim Saxton, a Republican who retired last year after 24 years as a Congressman, still has $437,781 cash on hand. Saxton has not made any political contributions since leaving office, although he has donated to some local charities in South Jersey.