WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Vice President Al Gore announced Wednesday he’s donating about $6 million in leftover campaign funds to aid Sen. John Kerry’s White House bid and Democratic congressional candidates.
Gore met privately with Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. He announced Wednesday that he would give $4 million to the Democratic National Committee to boost the senator’s campaign.
“John will be a great president for all Americans, and I want to do everything I can to help him fight against the outrageous and misleading campaign being waged by the Bush-Cheney campaign,” Gore, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, said in a written statement.
The former vice president said he had about $6.5 million left over from his presidential bid. He said he would give $1 million each to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $250,000 to the Democratic Party in his home state of Tennessee.
“The outcome of this election is extremely important for the future of our country and for all that America stands for,” Gore said in his statement. “I want to help John Kerry become president and I want to help Democrats retake control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.”
Under FEC rules, the Associated Press reported, money in such compliance funds can only be used to pay for lawyers and accountants to comply with federal election law. But the rules also permit money left over in such accounts to be transferred to a national, state or local party committee, or to be donated to charity.
Gore led the popular vote in the 2000 election, but lost the race in the Electoral College after the Supreme Court closed the door to his recount efforts in Florida.
The state is likely to be a battleground again this year, and Gore said he would donate the $240,000 balance of his separate recount fund to the Florida Democratic Party.
Gore’s last major donation from his campaign account was in July 2003, when he gave $450,000 to Tennessee Democrats.
Gore is a newcomer to the Kerry camp. Late last year, he endorsed former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, whose campaign fell apart after losses in Iowa and New Hampshire.