Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro campaign committee still owes $600,000 to contractors who worked on her 2006 senatorial campaign. However, Pirro has no intention in ever paying these contractors for their work.
According to The Daily Beast, Pirro’s campaign cited New York state’s six-year statute of limitations for the collection of debts in order to get around repayment.
Pirro, who is better known as “Judge Jeanine” on her popular FOX News program, joined the 2006 race in hopes of getting the Republican nomination to face then Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the main race. Her campaign committee remains active today.
Pirro’s campaign failed to work out debt-forgiveness plan with its creditors as is recommended by the Federal Elections Committee in situations like this.
According to her campaign spokesman Jeffrey Buley, Pirro reached out to vendors “many years ago” to create a debt forgiveness plan, but it never came to fruition.
A filing by the campaign this past week showed that while contractors were not going to be paid, payments were made to Bruce Bellmare, the campaign’s treasurer. Bellmare is also an attorney at the same office as Pirro’s husband.