Seth Grossman is asking his supporters to help him settle a $16,000 campaign debt the former House candidate says is preventing him from resuming his role as executive director of Liberty and Prosperity, a conservative 501c3 non-profit group.
Grossman invited donors and others who, through various means, supported his House campaign for light snacks and beverages at a restaurant in Somers Point on Saturday. Those who helped his run get in free, he said.
Those who didn’t are asked to put up what they can to help settle his debt, which Grossman said was caused by late invoices and unfulfilled campaign contribution pledges.
Election law prevents groups like Liberty and Prosperity from doing business with political candidates. It’s not clear whether that rule would bar Grossman from returning to his role with the non-profit, as the law does not appear to explicitly bar political candidates from holding such positions.
Though, equal time rules would make such positions a major stumbling block for non-profit groups.
In either case, Grossman is no longer a candidate, and his having a campaign debt likely doesn’t change that, though it’s usually wise to tread carefully in such matters.