When Rep. Aaron Schock leaves office at the end of the month, he'll have nearly $3.4 million to use for political activities or charity, but he can't keep it for himself.
At the end of 2014, Federal Election Commission data showed Schock had control of several campaign funds:
Schock Victory Committee: $27,162.52
GOP Generation Y Fund: $36,285.99
Schock for Congress: $3,290,781.68
Federal law previously allowed exiting lawmakers to keep any remaining funds, but that's no longer the case. Now the options are more limited: Schock could use it to pay any legal fees he incurs defending himself against questions of impropriety, he could donate it to other candidates or charity, he could return the money to donors, or he could hang on to it to use for a future comeback campaign.
It wasn't clear Thursday how much Schock has spent from the funds since the end of the last reporting period on Dec. 31, 2014.
Schock, a Peoria Republican, announced Tuesday he would step down from Congress after weeks of questions about irregular spending.