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Before Going Overseas, Baucus Gave Away Some of His Campaign Funds

Days before becoming the new U.S. Ambassador to China, a U.S. Senator gave away almost half a million dollars from his political fund.  

Former Sen. Max Baucus , D-Mont., contributed $475,000 on January 31st to the Montana Democratic Party, which reported it today to the Federal Election Commission. The funds came from the former Senator's campaign account, Friends of Max Baucus. The campaign account reported having $3,200,508 cash on hand at the end of 2013.  

Baucus - Leaving His Millions Behind?

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A U.S. Senator, who will be leaving soon to take up duties in China as the U.S. Ambassador, currently has over $3.2 million in his campaign and leadership PAC funds.  

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was confirmed yesterday as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. The year-end campaign finance report  filed at the end of January by the Friends of Max Baucus showed his campaign committee had $3,200,508 cash on hand, and debts of $1,000. The committee received no contributions in the fourth quarter of 2013. From 1980 to the present, Baucus has raised $32.7 million, and spent $29.5 million on his campaigns. View his career  finances.  

With Baucus Confirmed, Wyden Talks Finance (Video)

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With Finance Chairman Max Baucus confirmed as the next ambassador to China, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is beginning to talk about his plans for his new gavel.  

Senators voted 96-0 in favor of confirming Baucus to the post Thursday afternoon, praising the senior Montana Democrat for his efforts working with Republicans — some of which raised the ire of his own party over the years.  

Baucus Greeted Warmly at Nomination Hearing

Sen. Baucus walks with fellow Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester on day of his confirmation hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:51 p.m. | Sen. Max Baucus may have provided an awkward sound bite during his confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, but there's no way it imperils the Montana Democrat's sure confirmation to serve as ambassador to China.  

At one point, Baucus said, "I'm no real expert on China," a non-serious statement that was quickly clipped on YouTube. Political operatives also were tweeting the quote.