Some of those 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls are still in a red state — financially, that is


Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. (Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

This week two years ago, the seemingly never-ending free-for-all otherwise known as the 2012 Republican presidential primary race was finally effectively over, with Rick Santorum calling it quits. (Newt Gingrich didn’t officially drop out for a few more weeks, and claimed to be the last conservative standing, but Santorum was the only “real” thorn left in Mitt Romney’s side in April 2012.)

The focus is now on 2016, but some members of the ragtag field from 2012 are still paying off debts from their failed campaigns. The Federal Election Commission filing deadline was Tuesday, so here’s a quick look at how much the Republican hopefuls still owed as of the end of March.

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●Michele Bachmann: $46,353.23. Bachmann’s debt comes from legal fees. As Loop fans will recall, she is under investigation for allegedly violating campaign finance laws and was also sued for a separate campaign indiscretion.

Herman Cain: $175,000. Cain is in debt to himself for loans he made to his presidential campaign that are billed as travel expenses.

Rick Santorum: $496,401.09. Santorum owes money to 11 companies, most of it — $430,487.74 — to his old friend John Brabender. Brabender, a GOP media consultant, ran Santorum’s campaign.

●Newt Gingrich: $4,721,538.68. Gingrich seems to owe a lot of folks money, including $649,117.54 to himself for travel expenses. He owes nearly a million dollars for private air travel.

Rick Perry and Ron Paul are debt-free. So is Romney.

From secretary to senator

If Kathleen Sebelius makes a run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas — as she is considering, according to the New York Times — the outgoing secretary of health and human services could join a long list of branch-crossers who went from an appointed Cabinet position to an elected Senate seat, including two currently in office.

With an assist from the Senate historian’s office, we picked 10 from the dozens of politicians Sebelius would join if she runs and wins a Senate seat (which, according to a Public Policy Polling survey of Kansas voters, would prove quite a challenge).

1. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). Alexander has been in the Senate since 2003, but a decade earlier he served as education secretary under President George H.W. Bush. He is currently the ranking Republican on the Senate committee that oversees education policy.

2. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.). Johanns joined the Senate in 2009 after serving as George W. Bush’s agriculture secretary from 2005 to 2007. He is not seeking reelection this year.

3. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.). Before becoming a senator in 2005, Martinez served as secretary of housing and urban development in the first three years of George W. Bush’s presidency. He resigned from the Senate before the end of Bush II’s first term.

4. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.). Dole was Ronald Reagan’s transportation secretary from 1983 to 1987 and then Bush I’s labor secretary from 1989 to 1990. Dole ran for the Senate more than a decade later and served one term before losing her seat in the 2008 election.

5. Sen. Brock Adams (D-Wash.). Adams was Jimmy Carter’s transportation secretary from 1977 to 1979, did a short stint as a D.C.-based lobbyist and then served one term in the Senate from 1987 to 1993. He did not seek reelection after several women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape.

6. Sen. Clinton Anderson (D-N.M.). Anderson served as Harry S. Truman’s agriculture secretary from 1945 to 1948 and then went to the Senate, holding his seat for more than two decades.

7. Sen. Carter Glass (D-Va.). Glass was Woodrow Wilson’s Treasury secretary from 1918 to 1920 before his election to the Senate. Glass was in the Senate for 26 years and most notably is the namesake for the Glass-Steagall Act.

8. Sen. William McAdoo (D-Calif.). McAdoo preceded Glass as Wilson’s Treasury secretary. More than a decade later, he followed Glass’s lead and got elected to the Senate, where he served from 1933 to 1938.

9. Sen. Lewis Cass (D-Mich.). Between stints as secretary of war under Andrew Jackson and secretary of state under James Buchanan, Cass served in the Senate from 1845 to 1857, aside from a brief interruption to run for president in 1848.

10. Sen. Timothy Pickering (Federalist Party-Mass.). Pickering served in the Cabinets of both George Washington and John Adams, most famously as their secretary of state from 1795 to 1800. Pickering became a senator in 1803 as a member of the Federalist Party. In a twist, he lost the Senate seat after one term and then ran for the House, where he served from 1812 to 1817.

The West Coast wing

Dee Dee Myers, the first female White House press secretary, got a taste of Hollywood advising on the hit television show “The West Wing.” And now she’s headed to Tinseltown for a top position with Warner Bros.

Myers, who is currently a high-level communications consultant at D.C.-based Glover Park Group, will be the studio’s executive vice president, worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, according to a memo posted by Variety. Myers, also a political analyst (a.k.a. talking head), wrote a book published in 2008 titled “Why Women Should Rule the World.”

Or at least the lucrative entertainment business.

Myers will report to Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros CEO, who told the Los Angeles Times in a statement that Myers’s “engaging and collaborative demeanor paired with her acute understanding of how to engage constituencies will help us strengthen our position as the leading global studio.” Tsujihara, to note, is a generous donor to Democratic politicians and organizations.

The Loop reached out to Myers to offer our hearty congrats, but we haven’t heard back.

— With Colby Itkowitz

The blog: washingtonpost.com/
intheloop. Twitter:@InTheLoopWP.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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