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Isaac Stanley-Becker and Dylan Wells at WP:
Earlier this month, Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign touted an impressive number: A news release said the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador had raised more than $11 million in the six weeks since launching her campaign for the GOP nomination.
But filings on Saturday with the Federal Election Commission show that her campaign drastically overstated its haul. The campaign appears to have double-counted money it moved among various committees.
The filings, covering the first three months of the year, show that three committees affiliated with Haley collectively brought in about $8.3 million.
Haley has been raising money across three committees. She has a main campaign committee. She has a committee predating her February launch that has been used to promote her agenda and boost other candidates. And she has a joint fundraising committee that directs funds to both.
Haley’s joint fundraising committee raised about $4.4 million, its filing shows.
The campaign committee’s haul of about $5.1 million included a transfer of $1.8 million from the joint fundraising committee.
And Haley’s other committee, known as a leadership PAC, posted gains of about $1.5 million, including a transfer of nearly $900,000 from the joint fundraising committee.
In arriving at $11 million, Haley’s campaign appears to have summed the three committee’s cash infusions, even though two of them took a significant chunk of money from the third.