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…