Santorum’s Donor Roster Pays Dividends for NASCAR, Other Debts

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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits on May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas

Updated 11:24 a.m.

For Rick Santorum, there’s gold in his list of campaign contributors.

Santorum, who owed $2.3 million when he pulled the plug on his Republican presidential campaign in April 2012, whittled that down to $552,895 at the end of June, thanks largely to the money he’s received renting out his  list of donors, new campaign finance filings show.

The former Pennsylvania senator relied heavily on donations of $200 or less to fund his unsuccessful quest for the White House, and earned $125,948 during the previous three months renting out his list of supporters.

Most of his debt — $398,905 — is owed to his former chief strategist, John Brabender. He also still owes $10,000 for sponsoring Tony Raines’s Ford Fusion in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 auto race in Florida during the campaign. Like Santorum, the race car, with the candidate’s campaign logo adorning the hood, finished back of the pack.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has also been renting out his contributor
list to help pay down his debt from his unsuccessful 2012 Republican presidential campaign, which stood at $4.5 million as of June 30. He still owes himself $649,118 for travel expenses, $980,322 to the air charter company Moby Dick Airways and $410,620 for security.

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