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October 26, 2014

Rick Santorum in Iowa, but Still Paying Down Presidential Debts

santorum 445x306 Rick Santorum in Iowa, but Still Paying Down Presidential Debts

Former presidential candidates and politicians who are out of office always have a hard time raising funds, but sometimes they aren’t really trying that hard.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who won the Iowa Republican caucuses and 11 state primaries in his 2012 presidential campaign, still has $552,895 in debts outstanding.

Although he has spent the last three days in Iowa, his 2013 fundraising has been almost nonexistent. His $138,396 in receipts in the first six months have been mostly from renting his donor lists out to others. For example, Patriot Voices Inc. (Pa.) paid the presidential campaign committee $75,000 as a partial payment on a list purchase. His presidential committee has $11,660 in cash on hand as of June 30.

His expenditures this year have been mostly monthly installments to pay down his debts to vendors. As of June 30 his campaign owes Brabender Cox (Pa.) $398,905 for media, consulting production and placement of ads; $43,379 to Emotive LLC (Va.) for website/online advertising and email services; $38,880 to Victory Phones (Mich.); $32,477 to Biter Enterprises (Fla.) for air charters; and $10,000 to Front Row Motor Sports (N.C.) for a car sponsorship; among others.

Santorum is now CEO of EchoLights Studios, which “produces and distributes high-quality movies for families of faith.” The company is based in Dallas.

  • Lar5

    Now he is going to add some more debt? How weird! Santorum is the perfect leader for this new white
    zealot driven Christian GOP. They refuse to believe that this is now a
    multiracial, multiethnic. multicultural and multirelgious country and is growing
    more so everyday. They fear anyone who does not think like them, pray like them,
    love like them and look like them. They are not republicans but a group intent
    upon the destruction of this democracy and replacing it with a theocracy based
    upon their religion and only their beliefs. This is not what the United States
    is about. We need to return to the republican party of decency and compassion
    for all people

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