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Ross Spano campaign ends 2020 in debt

According to his latest filing, his campaign finished 2020 with $128,716 in debt.
In this Dec. 18, 2019, photo, then-Rep. Ross Spano speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives.
In this Dec. 18, 2019, photo, then-Rep. Ross Spano speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives. [ AP ]
Published Jan. 21

After raising about $1.2 million for his unsuccessful reelection campaign, former U.S. Rep. Ross Spano finished 2020 with $128,716 in campaign debt, according to his latest financial filing.

The biggest single chunk of that debt, $59,500, is owed to Spano himself. Another $46,441 is in legal fees.

The report also shows the campaign refunded $149,830 in contributions, apparently ones designated for general election campaign expenses. Spano lost the Republican primary to Scott Franklin.

Under federal law, contributors are allowed to give up to $2,800 per election, including both the primary and general elections, and may make both donations before the primary. A candidate who loses in the primary must return contributions designated for the general election.

His loss followed two years of controversy over apparently illegal loans to his 2018 campaign.

The money Spano loaned his campaign, which he said came from his own personal funds, actually came from loans to him from supporters — a violation of campaign finance law that led to investigations by the Federal Elections Commission and the U.S. Justice Department.