Sara Gideon, who lost to Susan Collins, donates more from campaign war chest to nonprofits

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and U.S. senate candidate announced another $400,000 in donations from her campaign fund on Tuesday.

Democrat Sara Gideon lost to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. Her race against Collins broke state fundraising records, and she ended the election cycle with more than $10 million in campaign cash.

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Sara Gideon speaks to supporters during a launch for Election Day canvassing, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine.

Gideon has converted the campaign money into $5.1 million in donations to Maine nonprofits so far, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The latest round of donations is to a range of groups that support refugees, children, family services and others in Maine.

The bulk of the money is a $250,000 gift to ProsperityME, which assists refugees and immigrants with finances. Gideon's spokesperson said the money will help provide education for some asylum seekers.

Another $50,000 is slated to go to the Maine Women's Lobby Education Fund. Other donations will go to groups including Maine Votes, Maine Academy of Modern Music and The Children's Center.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Sara Gideon, who lost to Susan Collins, donates leftover campaign cash