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Ron Paul reports spending $322,000 on deceased campaign in May

June 21, 2008 |  1:34 am

According to the latest campaign finance reports filed Friday, Rep. Ron Paul, the 72-year-old libertarian-like Republican congressman from Texas who ended his hopeless presidential race recently to focus on a long-shot, long-term revolution, still managed to spend $321,983 on his White House campaign in its last month.

Paul, a Republican who refuses to acknowledge ArizRepublican presidential candidate Ron Paul's celebrity blimp that didn't help him win one single primaryona Sen. John McCain as the winner of the GOP nomination, ended May with $4.5 million in the bank after all expenses, according to The Times' diligent Dan Morain, who combs through all these political numbers each month.

Paul's fund-raising slowed significantly in May, at least into his presidential account. He reported receipts of only $133,215, a sharp drop from the nearly $20 million he raised in the fourth quarter of 2007 to lead all GOP presidential candidates.

Altogether, Paul has reported net contributions of $34.34 million since early 2007 and campaign expenditures of $29.97 million. He ended the effort with about 1.1 million primary votes, perhaps 24 delegates, no debt and refused to accept federal matching funds for his primary campaign.

If the 10-term congressman holds on to those delegates for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., in early November, that works out to about $1.24 million per delegate, more than moneybags Mitt or New York Rudy spent per delegate won in their losing causes.

Click on the Read more line below to see a detailed accounting of Paul's May spending, which includes $236 for a security hotel room, $14,305.74 for an unidentified credit card payment and $60 for a consultant, which means he wasn't employing Mark Penn.

--Andrew Malcolm

Photo credit: Eric Thayer / Getty Images

Detailed expense accounting of Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign, May 2008

ACCOUNTING SERVICES    4,255.50 
AIRLINE TRAVEL    37,068.40 
BANQUET TICKETS    1,875.00 
BOOKS/MAGAZINES    712.67 
BOOTH RENTAL    500.00 
BULK PRINTING    2,141.61 
CATERING    892.66 
COMPUTER ACCESS SERVICE    11.95 
COMPUTER SUPPLIES/EXPENSE    425.00 
CONSULTING    60.00 
CONSULTING-POLITICAL FIELD WORK    25,195.00 
CONTRIBUTION REFUND    80,786.91 
CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP    500.00 
CREDIT CARD CONTRIBUTIONS PROCESSING FEE    5,026.93 
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT    14,305.74 
EMAIL SERVICES    3,360.00 
FOOD EXPENSE    4,002.68 
FREIGHT/SHIPPING EXPENSES    8,207.51 
GASOLINE    518.38 
GENERAL POSTAGE EXPENSE    2,424.58 
LIST RENTAL/PURCHASE    200.00 
MEDIA EXPENSE    2,096.48 
MILEAGE EXPENSE    1,428.85 
NEWSPAPER ADS    2,882.00 
OFFICE SUPPLIES    1,463.14 
PARKING EXPENSE    596.89 
PAYROLL PROCESSING FEES    243.19 
PAYROLL TAX EXPENSE    50,634.51 
PHOTO SHOOT    300.00 
POLITICAL FIELD WORK    182.00 
REIMBURSE PHONE EXPENSE    177.55 
REIMBURSEMENT EXPENSES    22,861.38 
RENT EXPENSE    20,034.88 
SALARIES    62,452.59 
SECURITY ACCOMMODATIONS    246.00 
SERVICE CHARGE    270.00 
SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE    862.52 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS    2,247.03 
TELEPHONE EXPENSE    2,309.14 
TRAVEL EXPENSE    1,448.46 
TRAVEL-CAR RENTAL    631.30 
TRAVEL-HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS    3,678.81 
TRAVEL-TAXI EXPENSE    349.00 
UTILITIES    814.15 
VIDEO/DVD PROCESSING    650.00 
WEB DESIGN/HOSTING/MAINT    12,649.02

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