Sean Haugh, the 53-year-old pizza deliveryman and Libertarian Party candidate who is polling at 8% of voters in the North Carolina Senate race, has just passed a $5,000 in donations threshold requiring him to file his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, his spokeswoman said.
That Haugh, who polls show takes most of his support from the Republican nominee, Thom Tillis, has only just received $5,000 in donations underscores that his campaign has virtually no infrastructure or personnel, despite receiving enough support to potentially alter the outcome of the election.
According to the FEC website, “[i]f you are running for the U.S. House, Senate or the Presidency, you must register with the FEC once you (or persons acting on your behalf) receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $5,000. Within 15 days of reaching that $5,000 threshold, you must file a Statement of Candidacy authorizing a principal campaign committee to raise and spend funds on your behalf. Within 10 days of that filing, your principal campaign committee must submit a Statement of Organization.”
Haugh’s campaign manager, Rachel Mills, said “I think that is forthcoming. I think we just passed the threshold.”
His official website, seanhaugh.com, redirects to a website constructed at NationBuilder.com. A disclaimer at the bottom of the website says it is “Paid for by Duck Duck Goose.” At that site, Haugh solicits funds for his campaign.
Haugh last filed a report with the FEC in 2002, when he previously ran for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina as the Libertarian Party candidate. Haugh filed two reports that year, which showed that he raised a total of $1,290 for his Senate campaign. He received 33,807 votes, or 1.5% in the election that was won by Republican Elizabeth Dole, who defeated Democrat Erskine Bowles by a 53.5% to 45% margin.
Image Source: YouTube/Sean Haugh