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  • Press Release

FEC declares Stein eligible to receive 2024 matching funds

June 27, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission has declared Jill Stein and her principal campaign committee, Jill Stein for President 2024, eligible to receive public matching funds for her 2024 presidential campaign for the Green Party nomination.

To become eligible for matching funds, candidates must raise a threshold amount of $100,000 by collecting $5,000 in 20 different states. Although an individual may contribute up to $3,300 to a primary candidate in the current election cycle, only a maximum of $250 per individual applies toward the $5,000 threshold in each state.

Other requirements to be declared eligible include agreeing to an overall spending limit, abiding by spending limits in each state, using public funds only for qualified campaign-related expenses, keeping financial records, and permitting an extensive campaign audit. Participation in the presidential public funding program is entirely voluntary and presidential candidates may opt not to participate.

With the Commission’s determination of Stein’s eligibility on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, she becomes the second 2024 presidential candidate to be declared eligible for public funding. Mike Pence was declared eligible to receive matching funds by the Commission on May 16, 2024.

Based on documents filed by the Stein committee on June 3, 2024, contributions were verified for threshold purposes from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

All of the materials included with this submission may be viewed here. Based on Stein’s initial threshold submission, the Commission voted to request that the United States Treasury make an initial payment of $100,000 to Stein’s campaign.

The presidential public funding program is financed through the $3 check-off that appears on individual income tax returns. The program has two elements: matching payments to participating candidates during the primary campaign and grants available to nominees to pay for the general election campaign.

Additional information about the presidential public funding program is available here. Income tax check-off data showing monthly deposits into the program’s fund is available here.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.