Radel refunds dozens of donors; still has $184K in campaign coffers

William DeShazer/Staff Congressman Trey Radel address those in attendance during a "Listening Session" at Collier Commission Chambers in Naples on Monday August 5, 2013.

William DeShazer/Staff Congressman Trey Radel address those in attendance during a “Listening Session” at Collier Commission Chambers in Naples on Monday August 5, 2013.

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Trey Radel has refunded dozens of donors a combined $63,550, according to campaign finance reports released this week.

Campaign finance reports were due to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. The reports cover a three-month period spanning from Jan. 1 through March 31.

Radel raised $64,231 in the final three months of 2013. Federal campaign finance reports filed earlier this year show Radel continued to raise money in the days following his October drug bust.

While individual donors made up a significant portion of the refunds, Radel also refunded political action committees which donated to his re-election campaign.

Refunds weren’t the only disbursements made during the reporting period. Campaign finance records show the campaign spent $17,797 on operating expenses during the three-month period.

The campaign coffers aren’t empty though. Radel had more than $184,000 cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Radel is still listed as an active candidate on state and federal election websites. Friends of Trey Radel, his campaign committee, is also listed at an active committee. It is unlike he will run in the 2014 general election.

In February, an attorney with Bracewell & Giuliani, told the Daily News his firm was working with Radel and his campaign to go through the motions of closing the campaign account.

To close a campaign account, the campaign must pay off any outstanding debts and bring the campaign account to zero, or at least describe how it intends to distribute the remaining funds.

The 37-year-old Fort Myers resigned in January, two months after he pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge in a Washington, D.C. courtroom. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for a special election to fill the vacant congressional seat. The special Republican primary is Tuesday.

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