Paul Campaign: Debts Will Be Paid Off

Swats back at reports of unpaid bills

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign says it has more cash than bills and all debts will be paid off. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign is pushing back on reports that his unsuccessful presidential campaign has more than $300,000 in debt.  

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Rand Paul for President reported to the Federal Election Commission $301,108 in debts and $2,558 in cash on hand and quoted vendors complaining about unpaid bills.   

[ Rand Paul Owes More Than $300,000 in Campaign Debt ]  

Kelsey Cooper, communications director for Paul's Senate campaign (he's running for re-election this year), said the presidential campaign has more cash than bills and and will pay off its debt but didn't offer a timeline.  

"All vendors are being paid in the normal flow of a campaign and everyone will be paid in full," Cooper said in an email, adding that winding down a campaign takes time.  

"It's beyond ridiculous to suggest that the very typical and normal proceedings of closing out a campaign have anything to do with Dr. Paul's stellar record of fiscal conservatism," she said. "Particularly considering that he's returned nearly $2.5 million in taxpayer dollars from his senate office operating budget back to the Treasury to date."  

Paul faces Democrat Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, in his Senate re-election race. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call rates the contest "Safe Republican."

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