According to a recent Roll Call article, former U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) has the second-most cash-on-hand amongst retired members of Congress. 

According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Shelby still has about $5.5 million left in his Senate campaign account. He also has approximately $664,000 left in his Defend America PAC.

According to the FEC, his largest campaign expense was a $4 million donation in November to Georgetown University. His wife, Annette Shelby, is a retired Georgetown University faculty member.

According to The Hoya, the donation was the largest ever congressional campaign donation to a university, according to Andrew Mayersohn, a researcher at OpenSecrets, an independent nonprofit that tracks money in U.S. politics. 

His Defend America PAC donated in December to U.S. Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Jerry Carl (R-Mobile), Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) for their 2024 re-election campaigns. Defend America also donated to the 2028 re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) in December.

Former California U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes held the most cash on hand with $11.2 million in his campaign account, plus another roughly $330,000 in his leadership PAC, New PAC, according to Roll Call.

Members of the 117th Congress who have since left Capitol Hill still hold nearly $54 million in total leftover political money, according to the outlet.

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