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Former Rep. Cannon sued over unpaid campaign bills

Former Rep. Cannon sued over unpaid campaign bills



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Former Utah Congressman Chris Cannon faces a new lawsuit over unpaid campaign bills. It's the second lawsuit filed against him.

Letter 23, the firm formerly known as W Communications, filed the lawsuit Thursday, claiming the former 3rd District representative owes it more than $85,000. The lawsuit says the company provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of campaign and promotional materials at political conventions in 2006 and 2008.

Cannon was defeated in the 2008 Republican primary.

The itemized list of charges includes $260 in balloons, $4,100 in Christmas cards and nearly $10,000 in "swag" - things like T-shirts and polos.

The president of the company, Kelly Casaday, talked to KSL Newsradio about the situation.

"That's an awful lot of money for a small company to try and absorb. We've had to cut back. We've moved to a less costly location," he said. "Collecting money is always a frustrating part of being in business. When you're dealing with an amount this large, it makes it even more so."

Cannon told the Salt Lake Tribune the company is owed something, but his campaign money is gone. Still, he says he plans to pay his obligations.

An Oregon-based polling company, Moore Information, previously filed suit against Cannon over unpaid bills.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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