Partial public funding is available to presidential primary candidates in the form of federal matching payments. To receive matching funds, a presidential candidate must establish eligibility by showing broad-based public support. To do this, presidential candidates who seek matching funds must submit information about matchable contributions to the FEC for review. They must also provide a letter of agreement stating that they accept certain conditions for receiving matching funds.
The Commission ensures that candidates requesting public funds have satisfied the eligibility requirements. The Commission then certifies payments of federal funds, which are made by the U.S. Treasury. Before certifying matching payments to primary candidates, the Commission first reviews submitted contributions to make sure they meet the matching requirements.
This page contains the submissions by presidential primary candidates seeking matching funds, as well as the letters of agreement signed by the candidates.
Review of submissions
All submissions are reviewed by the Commission to be sure that supporting documentation is in order and that there are no errors in the file before federal funds are certified to be paid. As a result, some contributions may be rejected, and campaigns may resubmit rejected contributions if additional supporting material is provided. This means that specific contributions may appear more than once in the files of a particular candidate, so considerable care is required when interpreting this data.