It didn't take long for candidates to leave North Carolina after the May 6 presidential primary. All they left behind was a few bills.
Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton racked up nearly $61,000 in debts to N.C. vendors during April, according to a new report filed this week. That doesn't include earlier, unpaid debts such as the $800 owed Charlotte's Stonewall Jackson VFW Post for hosting Bill Clinton in March.
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama reported only one N.C. debt in April: $4,620 to AT&T in Charlotte. That was part of the $2 million in total debts he reported. Clinton has $19.5 million.
Republican Sen. John McCain, by contrast, reported no debts at all.
Clinton incurred five N.C. debts during April, including $1,383 to UNC Charlotte and $24,865 to Total Event Production, a Charlotte company that provided lighting, sound and staging equipment for 20 Clinton campaign events in the run-up to the primary.
Company president Mark Levi says he's confident he'll get paid.
"You're always worried about it until the money's in the bank," he says. "But I don't have any reason at this point in time to be overly concerned."