WASHINGTON – Retiring Rep. U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is staying politically active, according to his latest campaign financial report.

WASHINGTON – Retiring Rep. U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is staying politically active, according to his latest campaign financial report.

Ross, D-Prescott, has raised no funds since announcing in July that he would not seek a seventh term but he has used some of his accrued cash to support Democrats in Arkansas.

In October, Ross contributed $5,000 each to the Arkansas House Democratic Caucus and the Arkansas Senate Democratic Caucus, according to a 2011 year-end report filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.

He also gave $1,000 to the Arkansas Democratic Party in November.

Ross is considering a run for governor in 2014. Ross’s congressional campaign opened the fourth quarter of 2011 with $112,309 cash on hand. He ended the year still holding $75,066.

The FEC report also shows that Ross gave $2,000 to Clark Hall, a Marvell Democrat challenging Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, in the 1st District, and $2,000 to Chad Causey, who lost to Crawford in 2010. Causey’s campaign had $96,373 in debts as of October 2011.

Ross also contributed $2,000 to Brent Talley, a Democrat from McCaskill, who is running for state representative in Arkansas’s District 3. Talley was a staffer in Ross’ Prescott office from 2002 to 2007.