Campaign documents indicate Hillary Clinton’s campaign still owed over $100,000 to Iowa businesses, schools and individuals at the end of February. Of the four dozen outstanding bills Clinton listed as unpaid in Iowa a month ago, the largest was a $48,000 debt that’s been paid in the past month.
Some of the biggest expenses were for printing campaign materials. Ron Hoyt has worked at Carter Printing in Des Moines for 30 years and he says this was an Iowa Caucus campaign cycle unlike any other. "We were printing all kinds of things…the literature that they would hand out at their Iowa appearances — support cards, sign up cards…We were printing their position or policy statements….for some of the campaigns we even printed larger quantities of things like yard signs and so forth," he says.
While Clinton is all settled up with Hoyt’s firm, the Richardson campaign is still in arrears. "We don’t necessarily require payment from them in advance, but we do know how to get our money from them," Hoyt says. "…I have several candidates who have small balances under $3000 — not really a big thing in light of what everybody spent."
Some of the Iowa businesses or individuals who provided goods or services to the Clinton campaign say they received a check in the mail in the past week. Bill Clinton appeared in schools in Solon and Missouri Valley in late December and the two districts submitted bills totaling about $2800 for "event expenses" and both districts were paid last week.
The Clinton campaign had unpaid utility bills and over $2000 in unpaid garbage fees on February 29th — eight weeks after the Caucuses. Some firms refuse to reveal whether any customer’s bills are paid up, even bills publicly reported by a campaign.