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Cheney money trailed Enzi's when she quit
Liz Cheney dropped her challenge of U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in January after having spent about $1 million. MCT

Cheney money trailed Enzi's when she quit

Feb 12, 2014 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press

Liz Cheney fell behind U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in fundraising and spent more money than she raised over the last three months of her campaign as her bid to unseat the three-term Republican faltered amid a public spat with her sister and difficulty gaining support among mainstream Republicans in Wyoming.

Cheney's camp said Monday that the balance sheet reflected the winding down of her short-lived campaign.

Most mainstream Republicans had endorsed Enzi in the primary fight. Cheney was also left to fend off allegations that she was a carpetbagger after only moving to Wyoming in 2012.

As of Dec. 31, Cheney had $612,000 available to Enzi's $1.8 million, according to campaign finance documents due Jan. 31 to the Federal Election Commission.

Cheney announced Jan. 6 she was quitting her primary challenge against Enzi because of health issues in her family. She has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes.

Cheney said falling behind financially did not factor into her decision to quit. The year-end fundraising report shows that Cheney already was winding down her campaign, spokeswoman Kara Ahern said.

"The final report reflects the fact that we ended the campaign, stopped active fundraising and paid our outstanding bills in a single quarter," Ahern said by e-mail Monday. "The picture would have been different had the campaign continued. We had a full fundraising schedule confirmed into 2014."

Enzi previously had been the one who was raising less than Cheney, elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

From July through September, Enzi raised $850,000 while Cheney, who announced her campaign July 17, brought in just over $1 million. Enzi maintained a cash-on-hand advantage, however, banking $1.2 million to Cheney's $800,000 as of Sept. 30.

Over the last quarter of 2013, Cheney raised about $720,000 and spent about $900,000 -- expenditures which included pricey television ads that highlighted her family's old ties to Wyoming.

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