FREEPORT — Sara Gideon, 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 concedes her loss to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in November 2020. Gideon has announced another round of donations from her unused campaign money. Sara Gideon for Maine via Associated Press

Gideon, a Democrat, 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.

Gideon has converted the campaign money into $5.1 million in donations to Maine nonprofits so far, a spokesperson said 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 destined 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.

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