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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