Liz Cheney Exaggerated Her Senate Campaign Fundraising

Despite telling reporters her campaign was in strong financial shape, she was running low on money before she dropped out.

Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney holds a news conference at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2013. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will run against longtime incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). Cheney launched her campaign yesterday following Enzi's announcement that he will run for a fourth term.
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Feb. 7, 2014, midnight

Des­pite telling re­port­ers that she raised $1 mil­lion in the fourth quarter of 2013, Liz Cheney’s Wyom­ing Sen­ate cam­paign ac­tu­ally pulled in far less than that total and spent more than she raised dur­ing that time. The daugh­ter of former Pres­id­ent Dick Cheney dropped out of the race just days after the end of the fun­drais­ing peri­od.

Re­ports filed with the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion show Cheney’s fun­drais­ing slowed dur­ing the fi­nal three months of last year, while her spend­ing skyrock­eted. She began 2014 with $612,000 in the bank and $175,000 in debt — far less than GOP Sen. Mi­chael En­zi’s $1.83 mil­lion cash on hand. Cheney an­nounced she was with­draw­ing from the race on Jan. 6. Polls showed her well be­hind En­zi at the time.

Cheney raised just un­der $720,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, but her cam­paign spent more than $900,000, FEC re­ports show. That pro­fil­gate spend­ing was more than any oth­er non-in­cum­bent Sen­ate can­did­ate spent in the fourth quarter, and it ex­plains why she ended the quarter with $183,000 less in the bank that she began it. Cheney raised just over $1 mil­lion in the third quarter, her first as a can­did­ate, and spent only $232,000.

At­tempts to reach Cheney’s cam­paign treas­urer, Mark Vin­cent of Casper, Wyo., were not suc­cess­ful.

Cheney is mulling a fu­ture run for pub­lic of­fice, Politico re­por­ted earli­er this week, though she first plans to re­turn the money donors gave to her Sen­ate cam­paign. The cash amounts to less than the $2 mil­lion pre­vi­ously be­lieved.

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