President Carter's election campaign committee is being sued for $100,000 for allegedly failing to pay rent and utility bills at the campaign headquarters it formerly occupied on K Street NW.
The owners of the building at 1413 K st. in which the Carter-Mondale committee rented space above a topless go-go nightclub in June 1979, claimed in their suit filed yesterday that the committee had improperly broken its least last June. The suit contends that the least is valid through January 1981.
"We have no political motive at all," said Richard J. Bell, a partner in the firm that owns the building, 1413 K Street Associates. "It was a business transaction. We want to collect the rent due us."
The owners ask in the suit that the committee be ordered to pay $14,000 in back rent for August and September, and an additional $56,000 they claim is owed them through the end of the lease.
The suit also contends that the Carter-Mondale committee failed to pay $13,000 in utility bills, $4,000 in real estate taxes and a $208 repair bill.
As a result of the committee's leaving the building for new headquarters at 200 L St., the owners claim they will be unable to rent the building out again to fill the rest of the lease.
Campaign committee spokesmen could not be reached for comment yesterday.
This is not the first time the committee has been sued over back rent. Last December the committee was taken to court for allegedly failing to pay $13,000 in rent for offices on Connecticut Avenue. The committee vacated that location in late September 1979.