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  • Press Release

FEC Approves Matching Funds for 2004 Presidential Candidates

March 1, 2004

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2004
Contact: Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
Kelly Huff
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has certified $3,421,597.65 in Federal Matching Funds to six Presidential candidates for the 2004 election. The U.S. Treasury Department will make payments later this month.

This raises to $23,859,087.20 the total amount of federal funds certified thus far to these six candidates who are currently eligible to receive federal primary matching funds.

By comparison, in 2000, matching fund payments during a comparable time period went to eight candidates, totaling $43,212,364.99.

The following chart lists the amount certified to each candidate, along with the cumulative amount each has been certified to date.

Wesley K. Clark (D) $ 1,790,626.91 $ 6,938,619.76
John R. Edwards (D) $ 807,731.99 $ 4,473,607.23
Richard A. Gephardt (D) $ 303,099.88 $ 4,002,241.82
Dennis J. Kucinich (D) $ 228,481.67 $ 3,075,300.72
Lyndon H. LaRouche (D) $ 106,500.73 $ 1,190,099.97
Joseph Lieberman (D) $ 185,156.47 $ 4,179,217.70

To be eligible to receive Federal Matching Funds, a candidate must first raise $100,000 in contributions from individuals: $5,000-plus in 20 different states. While individuals can contribute up to $2,000 to a candidate, only $250 per individual applies towards the $5,000 requirement in each state. Candidates must also agree to abide by spending limits, to keep certain records, and to submit those records for audit. Howard Dean, John Kerry and President Bush have declined to participate in the Matching Fund program.

Candidates may submit requests for funds once each month. The Commission will certify an amount to be paid by the U.S. Treasury the following month. Only contributions from individuals in amounts of no more than $250 are matchable. The Commission expects that tax check-off deposits for February should be sufficient for Treasury to make full payments of all certified funds in March. Following the primary season, candidates may be entitled to receive additional matching funds to assist in winding down their campaigns or to retire debts.

The Commission has previously certified $14,592,000 to each of the two major political parties, for their 2004 Presidential Nominating Conventions.

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