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Has there been an instance where a potential American candidate was paid to not run for office (e.g., by an incumbent or special interest group)? There are reasons why people don't want someone to run for office, and I'm curious if someone has had a contract to not enter a political race or future races. I would like to know the location and circumstances surrounding such an arrangement.

Edit: It seems like a potential candidate could be paid lawfully one million dollars to move out of a district before they filed his papers. This way a deadline could pass, and they would be ineligible for the office potentially sought. This posting supports the legality of paying someone to disqualify themselves.

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    Given that they couldn't legally be paid more than $5,600 for this purpose, I don't see why this would happen. – Obie 2.0 Jun 15 '19 at 14:17
  • If paying candidates before filing wasn't a violation of campaign finance laws, it would be trivially easy to avoid them. – Obie 2.0 Jun 15 '19 at 22:07

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