Salt Lake City
After Utah Director of Elections confirmed that a check drawn by Gingrich's campaign to pay a fee related to Utah's primary ballot bounced, his campaign tried to downplay the incident as "one of those goofy things."
CNN reports Gingrich said, after a campaign event in Delaware: "That check was drawn in December. The account actually was closed by the time they processed it. It wasn't a question of money - that particular bank account was closed."
Gingrich explained that his campaign opened a different bank account at the beginning of the year.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the state sent a certified letter to Gingrich's campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified. MSNBC reports that when asked if his campaign will fix the issue, Gingrich said, casually: "...they apparently have it all worked out.” Gingrich campaign spokesman, R.C. Hammond, later said: "A new check has been sent. We are confident the state of Utah will list Newt on the ballot for their upcoming GOP primary."
The Salt Lake Tribune reports an agent for Gingrich's campaign had filed paperwork along with the check in March, but the bank notified the state that Gingrich's check had bounced.
Gingrich's campaign has financial problems. Digital Journal reports Gingrich confirmed his campaign has accumulated debts of about $4.5 million. According to MSNBC, Gingrich blamed the huge debt on excessive spending after his “management team got very excited in Florida.”
Gingrich, who continues campaigning in the GOP nomination race after having admitted Romney is the likely candidate, said: “We had 3,500 people send money to Newt.org online after 2 o’clock yesterday saying please stay in.” According to Gingrich, there was a spike in donations to his campaign after Rick Santorum formally withdrew.