The Sun Herald, 12/1/7

Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., loves Ole Miss and the Senate, and in early September he proved it with some eye-popping contributions – $250,000 to the University of Mississippi Foundation and $100,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The contributions, made from his campaign funds, were listed as “disbursements” in the most recent quarterly report Trent Lott for Mississippi filed with the Federal Election Committee. The charitable donations, permissible under federal law, were made well before Lott’s surprise resignation announcement Monday.

They provide some clues as to how he plans to spread around the remaining $1.4 million in his election war chest and nearly $500,000 in his political action committee, the New Republican Majority Fund. He will leave the Senate at year’s end.