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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) has given $100,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $12,000 to the Nassau County Democratic Party since she announced in January that she's retiring at the end of the year.

McCarthy reported the donations in her campaign finance filing with the FEC Tuesday, the first indication she is emptying her coffers as she looks to leave Congress.

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While she helped Democrats with donations across the country, she definitely favored her New York colleagues, especially Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who runs the DCCC and is in an uphill battle in what he calls a tough political climate to elect Democrats to the House.

She refunded $18,000 in contributions from donors, including $5,000 to Off the Sidelines PAC, run by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

McCarthy reported that she also helped her favored candidate to take her place in the 4th Congressional District, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, by giving her a $1,500 contribution and $500 in-kind email production through her political consultant Anne Lewis.

Over on the East End, McCarthy gave $4,000 to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in the 1st Congressional District.

Even after spending $231,811 in the past three months, McCarthy still has about $418,000 in her campaign account.