A report by The Salt Lake Tribune says the former independent presidential candidate owes the funds to a law firm and vendors who helped him in his last-minute attempt to defeat now-President Donald Trump.
According to his latest Federal Election Commission filing, McMullin and his campaign owes money to six companies. The law firm Hopping, Green & Sams, is reportedly owed over $500,000.
It is not unusual for unsuccessful presidential candidates to finish their campaigns with a large amount of debt.
Meanwhile, Joel Searby, McMullin’s campaign manager, says McMullin’s team is “working hard” to “retire as much debt as possible.”
“Responding to a unique moment, we ran a campaign on a short time frame and without traditional party support,” Searby said.
“We’re proud of what we did, running a lean operation and relying on mainly small individual donors, but ultimately fell short of fundraising goals. We are working hard to do what we can within the law to retire as much debt as possible,” he concluded.