Retiring Sen. James Alesi donated more than $33,000 to the other three Republican state senators facing primary challenges this month, Board of Elections records show.

Alesi, the first of the four Republican lawmakers to announce he was backing the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011, decided to not run for re-election this year.

Alesi contributed $16,800 to Sen. Roy McDonald of Saratoga and $6,500 to Sen. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie. Alesi also transferred $10,300 out of his campaign account to Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, records show.

All of the contributions came before the lawmakers faced more conservative challenges in the September primary with varying outcomes.

Grisanti easily won his contest against Kevin Stocker, while Saland was able to win a razor-thin race against Neil Di Carlo. McDonald for now appears to have lost the Republican line to Kathy Marchione and says he will determine the future of his campaign either later this week or early next week.

Alesi in July reported $468,372 in cash on hand in his campaign account. Alesi decided to leave office after he came under fire for filing an ill-fated lawsuit against two consituents whose unfinished home had trespassed in and was subsequently injured. The lawsuit was withdrawn after criticism.