Congressman Thaddeus McCotter gives left over campaign cash to charity

Congressman donates $193,000 of left over campaign funds after political collapse

Published On: Jun 27 2012 10:02:30 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2012 10:34:32 AM EDT
LIVONIA, Mich. -

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan plans to donate his leftover campaign money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The Republican from the Detroit suburb of Livonia, who dropped his bid for another term earlier this month in a shocking political collapse, made the announcement in a statement Tuesday.

Federal records show McCotter had roughly $193,000 in his campaign account as of March 31st.

The Michigan attorney general has launched an investigation into why more than 80 percent of the signatures on McCotter's nominating petitions were invalid.

The problem developed after the five-term congressman gave up his little-noticed campaign for president and entrusted his staff to prepare his re-election paperwork.

McCotter's district runs from the middle-class communities west of Detroit to wealthy Birmingham in Oakland County.