Kucinich Raises $1 — Half-Million in Debt To Go

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Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, speaks to the media following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in this file photo.

Dennis Kucinich has yet to shake the nearly $500,000 in debts and obligations from a presidential bid he aborted almost a decade ago.

And judging by the Federal Election Commission report that Kucinich for President filed today, it’ll be a while before he does. The committee raised just $1 in the final three months of the year.

Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor and Ohio congressman, sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 and 2008 on an anti-war platform. The 66-year-old lost a primary challenge last year to fellow Democratic Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Fresh out of Congress (though quickly snatched up as a Fox News contributor), perhaps he can devote more time to paying down his presidential debts. Kucinich is enjoying the good life, as he tweeted from a vegan brunch the other day:

FEC reports show his 2004 campaign owes $452,436.50 to Columbus attorney Donald J. McTigue for legal services and records storage. Kucinich for President 2008 owed another $52,000 as of the end of September, much of that also to McTigue, FEC reports show. McTigue didn’t immediately return a call to his office today.

Kucinich for President also owes his Re-Elect Congressman Kucinich Committee much of the $52,474 it borrowed in July 2011.

Running for president is hard, but paying off the debts you incur while doing so may be even more challenging, Bloomberg Businessweek showed last April. Not everyone can be as lucky as Kucinich’s fellow 2008 primary contender, Hillary Clinton. As Businessweek’s Joshua Green reported this week, some of President Barack Obama’s donors pooled together to help the outgoing secretary of state retire her presidential campaign debts.

She’s got a clean slate, should she choose to run again. Not that — as Kucinich knows — that’s necessary.

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