Retiring North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan is donating some of his campaign funds to boost the election bids of fellow Democrats, as he whittles down his own multimillion-dollar campaign war chest.

As of April 1, Dorgan still had nearly $2.6 million on hand, but during the second quarter of 2010, he reduced that figure by nearly half a million dollars -- mostly by donating $380,000 to federal, state and legislative campaigns.

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Dorgan cannot keep or spend the money for personal use, but otherwise has wide latitude. Under federal election law, he can give up to $2,000 per election to federal candidates' campaigns, but he has no limit in donating to national, state or local political parties.

According to an analysis of Dorgan's second-quarter report to the Federal Election Commission:

He donated $225,000 to the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and $100,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which those parties can then use to support their candidates.

Dorgan also gave to Democratic-NPL candidates for North Dakota statewide office: $5,000 each to secretary of state candidate Corey Mock, attorney general candidate Jean Boechler, tax commissioner candidate Cynthia Kaldor and agriculture commissioner candidate Merle Boucher, and $4,000 to Public Service Commission candidate Brad Crabtree.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy received the maximum $2,000 from Dorgan toward the primary election, and U.S. Senate candidate Tracy Potter received $2,000 for each the primary and general elections.

Dorgan donated $18,000 total to 55 Democratic-NPL state Legislature candidates across North Dakota.

He also dished out $6,000 to help two other U.S. senators' re-election bids and $1,000 to Iowa's Democratic Party.

Kristen M. Daum is a reporter

at The Forum of Fargo-

Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.