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Presidential Also-Rans Stiff Small Businesses: Bachmann, Huntsman, Gingrich, Santorum Owe Millions to Creditors.

[Politico] Michele Bachmann used a fleet of golf carts to transport supporters around the grounds of Iowa State University en route to winning the Ames straw poll last August, in what proved to be the high point of her campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

The guy who owns those golf carts is still waiting for his check. He’s not alone; Bachmann’s camp owes $935,000 to vendors across the country. Other Republican contenders such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum owe even more; their campaigns are $4.85 million and $1.69 million in the hole, respectively, according to their most recent federal campaign reports.

Unpaid Jon Huntsman vendors lawyered up earlier this year, and the former Utah governor responded by personally loaning money his campaign $1.54 million since March to clear most, but not all debts.

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Random Act of Kindness Opportunity!

I just called Turf Cars looking to speak with Cal Campbell, the owner who was referenced in the article. Cal wasn't in, but another guy answered the phone. I told him I'm a Ron Paul supporter from California and that I read about how their company got stiffed by Michelle Bachmann. I said that's not right and I'll try to drum up support for them from Ron Paul Nation and help to promote his company in any way that we can (online and locally)...so here goes.

I think this would be a good, grassroots way to spread some love and the message of liberty. One idea is to have an online element for all the non-Iowa folks and a Meetup group/more local element for those in Iowa. Other ideas and suggestions on how to do this are appreciated and welcomed. I'll try to get a hold of Cal directly and will post updates here if I do. I'm curious to know how much Bachmann owes them. Wouldn't it be interesting if RP supporters helped Turf Cars recoup their losses somehow...and there was a follow-up article about it?

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

If Debt is Forgiven for We Mundanes,

the IRS demands that we pay taxes on the forgiven debt as income.

How come these slugs aren't required to pay taxes, and/or go to jail as the forgiven debt is converted to an illegal campaign contribution?

These also-rans live pretty lavish lifestyles

You would think they could have one less party,sell their summer home or forgo that ski trip to pay their bills.

I'm not a regular

Reader of politico, and maybe they are horribly biased, but that comment board reminds me that there is still a long fight ahead if America is going to make it through. A bunch of jackasses ignoring the hypocrites that ran on the Repub ticket, just to bash the Dems that do the same thing. Pathetic.

Ron Paul:

"I got 99 problems, but a debt..... ain't one!"

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

Randy Travis. I bet he got paid.

he was the one who through it to bachmann.
I spent a LOT on that effort. free tickets and a ride, in a golf-cart, and all you had to do was vote for her.....
we lost by 154 votes.... thanks randy.

Ron Paul has a lot going against him in today's political world.

He won't play ball with lobbyists to trade votes for money.
He won't pander to his audiences and tell them what he thinks they want to hear.
He will not change his position on an issue for money or an increase in stature.
He will not build up enormous amounts of campaign debt on the backs of small business because he thinks he is Reagan's second coming.

All these things that should make him a non-contender, make him the only contender.

Article could use more Ron Paul comments.

I did a lot of scrolling there, figuring there would be a lot pointing out that Paul is the exception. I didn't see a one (though there may be some) so I left one of my own.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Like most politicians, Bachmann doesn't mind wasting your money

It is better that she be eliminated now, then to get elected and waste the peoples money on military adventurism or additional financial bailouts for the bankers..

I bet Michelle Bachmann doesn't gamble with her own personal finaces in this manner.

Politicians like Michell Bachmann don't mind gambling with other peoples money to satisfy her ego / ambitious desire to hold high office.

Michelle Bachmann has little moral character. How could any right thinking american trust a person like her to handle our money responsibly...

I've seen her heart and it is black with much ambition..

Michelle Bachmann : a corn dog eating political whore..

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helping us to convert delegates!!

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Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

Sad for those owed money.

I don't know how much it means to the average US voter, but to me, seeing these guys in debt while Ron Paul is running a surplus, speaking volumes. That's walking the walk, where the rest only talk.

This is good for us on so

This is good for us on so many levels...

Hey if they are dumb enough to lend those campaigns money...