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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who recently declared she won't seek re-election, has $365,000 in her campaign account. What will she do with all that money?

Mayoral aides say she is likely to transfer some to political allies who are running for office. Under state law, candidates can transfer up to $6,000 each to other campaign accounts per four-year election cycle.

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Since she is not herself a candidate, the mayor cannot form a slate with other candidates to share more than that amount, according to Jared DeMarinis, campaign finance director at the state elections board.

Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat, has said she does not plan to endorse a successor.

Aides to the mayor said she is intends to use some money to pay campaign staff for work already performed and to cover other campaign debts. For example, the campaign had leased office space for a re-election headquarters in Remington.

Looking ahead, Rawlings-Blake has not ruled out another run for office. Under state law, she can hold on to state campaign funds for up to eight years from the date she leaves office. If she has surplus funds at the end of eight years, the money must be returned to contributors or donated to government, political party or charitable entities.

State campaign funds cannot be used for federal races.

On Sept. 11 — a day before her campaign headquarters was scheduled to open — Rawlings-Blake announced her decision at a City Hall news conference. She said the time she had been spending on her campaign was taking away from work needed to help the city.

"The last thing I want is for every one of the decisions that I make moving forward — at a time when the city needs me the most — to be questioned in the context of a political campaign," she said. "I knew that I needed to spend time, the remaining 15 months of my term, focused on the city's future and not my own."

Rawlings-Blake still has more than a year left in office.

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