Why Do Candidates ‘Suspend’ Campaigns?

Why Do Candidates ‘Suspend’ Campaigns When They Drop Out?

Running for president is an expensive proposition, so a lot of candidates end up in debt. And a candidate can’t just walk away from that debt after their presidential hopes lose their shine.

The Federal Election Commission, in fact, doesn’t consider a campaign completely over until its debts are paid off, loans are settled and its cash has been transferred into other accounts.

Saying a campaign is “suspended” rather than ended can be a signal to donors to keep their contributions coming while the campaign digs itself out of the red and winds down.

Another reason to suspend? Theoretically, a suspended campaign could spring back to life if the political landscape changes dramatically.

I have always wondered about that…


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