U.S. House candidate Zinke's debt up to $83K

2014-07-15T19:15:00Z 2014-08-12T15:35:47Z U.S. House candidate Zinke's debt up to $83KMissoulian State Bureau missoulian.com
July 15, 2014 7:15 pm  • 

HELENA – U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke’s total campaign debt is now at about $83,300 under an amended Federal Election Commission report, up $26,000 from the $57,300 debt reported earlier this week.

Campaign spokeswoman Shelby DeMars said Zinke personally had paid some travel-related bills that the campaign accountant had overlooked, which resulted in the amended debt number for the period ending June 30.

Of the $83,300 in debt owed by the campaign, $68,000 is owed to Zinke. He made a $42,000 personal loan to his campaign during the primary campaign and then personally paid $26,000 in travel bills.

His Democratic opponent, John Lewis, reported no debts.

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  1. MTminded
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    MTminded - July 16, 2014 11:36 am
    "To spend that kind of money in a relatively obscure State like Montana shows a strong desire to win this election."

    Money is a strong motivator and there's gold in them thar halls (of Congress).
  2. Sukey
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    Sukey - July 16, 2014 7:31 am
    I"m sure Mr. Zinke has personally guaranteed his loans if he got the money somewhere else (a loan or something). Otherwise, its his personal money. Either way, if he loses he's out a lot of money. To spend that kind of money in a relatively obscure State like Montana shows a strong desire to win this election.
  3. MTminded
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    MTminded - July 16, 2014 5:57 am
    Some of those candidates that are "all in" by gifting their campaigns may also expect repayment. We have far too many representatives in Washington DC who are realizing repayment from entities that do not have Montana's best interest at heart. Too many candidates see public office as a means to seemingly unlimited personal wealth. I don't hear many candidates speaking up against this concept.
  4. Greg Strandberg
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    Greg Strandberg - July 15, 2014 7:29 pm
    There are two types of candidates, the way I see it. Those that are all in and that gift their campaigns. Then there are those that make loans. The latter has the expectation that they'll get their money back...so in that regard their not all in. Makes me wonder where their heart is in all of it.
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