It included a $41,000 payment by Huckabee to his own campaign, which helped settle about $80,000 outstanding debt owed for travel reimbursements to news outlets and a direct mail firm.
Huck PAC executive director Hogan Gidley confirmed to POLITICO that the payments were made.
“It should be obvious why the governor closed his 2008 Huckabee for President committee — it’s not 2008 anymore," Gidley said. "The expenses and obligations acquired from the ‘08 Campaign had to settled. After all, Governor Huckabee can't start a campaign for 2012, until he closes out the old one from 2008.”
Theoretically, Huckabee could use the same campaign committee this time around, but candidates who make a second go of it often begin anew.
It's not unusual for a candidate to personally pay down money, although for such a small sum Huckabee likely could have raised cash. However, sources noted he ran a basically debt-free effort in 2008 and was surprised to hear there were still a few loose ends, and wanted to get things taken care of.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Mike Huckabee sets the record straight on 2008 President Campaign Committee
Politico has just published a correction to the story on race42012 that Mike Huckabee was quietly exiting the 2012 race. Mike Huckabee did in fact file paperwork with the FEC.