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Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2012

Grande $50K in debt after failed House run

FARGO – Former U.S. House candidate Bette Grande has nearly $50,000 in reported debts after failing to win the Republican Party’s en-dorsement in a five-way contest.

Grande’s first-quarter financial disclosure re-port to the Federal Election Commission was made available Tuesday on the commission’s website.

Grande raised $26,000 during the first three months of 2012, for a net haul of about $50,000 through the course of her House campaign.

She received $5,000 from a political action committee, the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion special-interest group, which endorsed her campaign in March.

As of April 1, Grande reported having $21,300 in cash on hand and $48,700 in unpaid debts and obligations.

The debt includes a $20,000 loan Grande made to her campaign on March 30 – two days before the NDGOP’s endorsement was given to Brian Kalk.

Grande was among three Republican House candidates to concede the endorsement after poor showings in early ballots at the party’s state convention on April 1.

Kalk won the party’s endorsement after gaining a widening lead over Shane Goettle in the three ballots that were cast.