"We're developing—and we're right now working on it—within the College of Public Affairs [at ASU] a program to deal with public policy and politics and provide the monies for the scholarships and internships and living experience and all that good stuff," Pastor said in a phone interview.
Unlike Harkin, Pastor's seat is not in any danger and will be easily held for the party this cycle. The Arizona lawmaker has already given at least $90,000 to Democratic candidates this cycle, including $50,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $5,000 to the state party and $3,000 each to his fellow Arizona Democrats, Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick, who are facing tough reelection battles. Pastor said he would continue to be involved through the end of the midterm cycle. "I'm still helping candidates. Those that I've had relationships with."¦ But the majority of the [remaining] money will be going to this project we're working on," Pastor said.
Asked if the new school would be named after him, Pastor laughed. "The name right now is the furthest thing in our mind."
Max Baucus, who left the Senate early this year to become Ambassador to China, has also given significant funds to Democratic causes,, contributing roughly $1.2 million this year to groups such as the DCCC, the Montana Democratic Party, and the state's chapter of the AFL-CIO. But as things have gotten worse for Democratic prospects in Montana, Baucus has kept his wallet closed.
The former senator still had nearly $1.1 million in his account at the end of September, and Baucus hasn't made a single contribution from his campaign account to candidates or political committees since February.
"As a nonelected official now and as an ambassador, as opposed to a politician, he thinks it's best to let that money sit until he's back into the private world in some fashion," Baucus's campaign treasurer, Shane Colton, explained in a phone interview.
That's why, Colton said, Baucus gave about $1 million to Democrats on January 31, just days before he left the Senate. Once he leaves the executive branch, Colton said, Baucus will decide how to use those remaining funds.
Republican Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin has been stingier with his campaign funds. As of September 30, Petri was sitting on about $546,000 and had not made a single political contribution since January 2013, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, when he gave $42,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
A Petri spokesman said the representative had donated funds to two state-level candidates in October, but had not given any money to either the Republican candidate for his seat, Glenn Grothman, or Gov. Scott Walker who is facing a difficult reelection battle.
"Congressman Petri does not have specific plans yet with what to do with the remaining funds," Petri spokesman Lee Brooks said in an email.