|For Immediate Release
February 1, 2005
|FEC APPROVES MATCHING FUNDS FOR 2004 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES|
WASHINGTON – On January 27, 2005, the Federal Election Commission certified $20,023.37 in Federal Matching Funds to two Presidential candidates for the 2004 election. The U.S. Treasury Department made the payment on February 1, 2005.
This raises to $28,375,506.11 the total amount of federal funds certified thus far to eight candidates.
The following chart lists the amount certified to each candidate, along with the cumulative amount each has been certified to date.
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 has previously certified $14,924,000 to each of the two major political parties, for their 2004 Presidential Nominating Conventions and $74,620,000 in federal funds for the general election campaign of Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry and his Vice-Presidential running mate John Edwards.
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