WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Trey Radel collected nearly $63,000 in campaign contributions during the last three months of 2013, some of it apparently given after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in November.
Radel, who resigned Jan. 27, ended the year with nearly $264,000 in his campaign account, according to a report filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
The campaign still owes $206,000 to the Fort Myers Republican, who made no-interest loans to the campaign when he first ran for office in 2012. In an interview last year before his legal troubles, Radel said he hadn't decided whether the campaign would repay him.
Radel did not respond to an email Monday asking about repayment of the loan or what he plans to do with the money in his campaign account.
Radel could contribute the money to other candidates or their political action committees, donate it to charity, or refund it to donors. Or he could simply keep the money where it is and use it if he runs for federal office again.
Radel was caught in a drug sting by an undercover law enforcement officer who sold him 3.5 grams of cocaine at a Washington restaurant on Oct. 29. But the bust was not made public until Nov. 19, when the charges were officially released.
Radel pleaded guilty the next day in District of Columbia Superior Court.
Radel's report shows the campaign refunded two contributions during the last quarter of 2013, including a $250 donation from Aaron Troyers of Alva that was returned two days after Radel's plea. Troyers, operations manager for Troyers Brothers potato farming operation, could not be reached Monday.
Despite the well-publicized plea and calls from GOP leaders for Radel to step down immediately, his fundraising did not fall off precipitously. The $62,755 he collected from individuals and PACs during the last quarter of 2013 was his smallest quarterly take but wasn't far below any of the previous three quarters, FEC records show.
Some of Radel's fourth-quarter money came from a Naples fundraiser in early November — after the drug sting but before it became public.
Several contributions were reported as coming in after his guilty plea.
Individuals, including those representing sugar interests, gave more than $13,000 to Radel in December, according to the campaign report.
PACS, including those representing Boeing, Duke Energy, and Lockheed Martin employees, donated $7,250 that month as well.