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Jon Huntsman’s Campaign Sued for Unpaid Rent

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A D.C. law firm says Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman's campaign skipped out on a lease and owes more than $41,000 in rent.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe sued Huntsman's campaign last month in D.C. Superior Court. The firm says in the complaint that Huntsman's campaign signed a one-year lease in May to use office space on the ninth floor of the firm's 15th Street NW digs. Cost per month: a cool $8,356.83.

Alas, the marriage wasn't meant to last. According the the lawsuit, the campaign had stopped paying rent by August and ditched the space entirely, without giving Orrick notice, by mid-September. (Which is about when Huntsman began relocating his entire campaign apparatus to New Hampshire, where he finished third in the primary this week.)

The firm says it's asked for payment from the Huntsman campaign but hasn't heard back. It's asking that the campaign pay $41,784.15 to cover the rent from August through December, plus late charges and attorney fees.

The campaign has not filed a response to the lawsuit so far. Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller says he's looking into it. LL will update if he hears back.

UPDATE: Miller responds: "This is a misunderstanding, both parties are currently working on an agreement." LL is still waiting to hear back from Orrick's attorney.

Here's a copy of the complaint:

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  • john camp

    shades of Hillary Clinton?

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  • EP Sato

    Not to sound like a voice from the Greek Chorus, but why is this news? Skipping out on bills is an unfortunate reality of elections. More than 50% of campaigns for elected office fail. Not surprisingly, they often fail because of a lack of funding.

    If a campaign can't raise money, how can the campaign pay its bills? Non payment from campaigns is a fairly common occurrence. Not that being common makes the act right.

    But really, reporting on a failed campaign that failed to pay its bills is like writing an article about how people post mean comments on the internet...

    HEY GUYS- I just made fun of LL!

  • http://washingtoncitypaper.com southeast lady

    PHOOE. I have to pay my senior city rent and so do they.
    Are you nuts. I don't care what entity you are dealing with, if you sign a lease, you have to PAY THE RENT. I don't have much sympathy for rental agents to rent to such people--they know the game. However, they are due their rent and have a right to sue for it.

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