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Steele seeking more than $200,000

Republican Michael S. Steele's U.S. Senate bid ended unsuccessfully in November, but he's still trying to pay the bills.

in an email solicitation, Maryland's former lieutenant governor asks supporters to help retire more than $200,000 in campaign debt.

"You've always known me to call it as I see it, so I will get straight to the point," Steele writes. "Steele for Maryland Inc. has just over $205,000 in unpaid bills from my Senate campaign. As hard as it is to write this letter, you're one of the few I can count on to help me raise the dollars I need to pay all of my committee's bills."

Steele, who lost to U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, meanwhile, has $626,357 still on hand in a separate state campaign account. By law, that money cannot be used to retire debt from a federal race. It could, however, be used to launch a 2010 bid for governor. Rumblings about a possible Steele challenge to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) have already started.

By John Wagner  |  February 27, 2007; 2:45 PM ET
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