The 50-year-old Chicago woman has declared bankruptcy twice, and has lost multiple court judgments for debts totalling more than $10,000.
Bialek filed for bankruptcy in 1991 and again in 2001. Among the debts listed in 2001 are over $14,000 in credit card charges and more than $17,000 owed to the lawyer who handled a paternity case.
As of August 2011, she owed the Illinois Dept. of Revenue $4,384. By 2009, she owed the federal government $5,176 in taxes for years 2004 and 2005. There was also a lien for $885 filed against her in 2006 by a company that installed a water heater in her apartment. It was not clear if Bialek has repaid the debts.
In 2000, a judge awarded plaintiff Broadacre Management $4930.77 for unpaid rent, which included court costs. Broadacre was listed as a creditor on her 2001 Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Last year Bialek lost a default judgment for more than $3,500 to Illinois Lending, according to Cook County online court records, and in 2005 lost another judgment in a separate case for more than $3,000.
In February, Bialek moved out of a home in Mundelein, Illinois she had shared with then fiance Mark Harwood, according to Harwood.
Harwood told WLS that Bialek had a "huge heart" and is "always trying to do the right thing."
"She's of the same political persuasion as Herman Cain," Harwood told WLS. "There was no money on the table to go and have an interview. This is truly about an American girl who's got a big heart and wants to do the right thing."
Bialek's father Chester, 85, told New York's Daily News that his daughter was a political conservative, very honest, and "would not lie" or "make anything up."
He also told the paper, "She's had a lot of jobs, and some problems, but I don't want to get too personal."
Before working at the NRA, Bialek had hosted a cooking show for nine years, worked for Revlon and for Easter Seals, according to Allred. Between 1993 and 1996 she worked in marketing at four different companies, according to WLS.