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Lieberman Third Presidential Candidate Declared Eligible for Primary Matching Funds in 2004 Race

November 14, 2003

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For Immediate Release
November 14, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

WASHINGTON – Joseph Lieberman yesterday became the third 2004 presidential candidate to be declared eligible by the Federal Election Commission to receive federal matching funds. Lieberman is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2004.

To become eligible for matching funds, candidates must raise a threshold amount of $100,000 by collecting $5,000 in 20 different states in amounts no greater than $250 from any individual. 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 legitimate campaign related expenses, keeping financial records and permitting an extensive campaign audit.

Based on documents filed by the Lieberman campaign on October 22, 2003, contributions from the following states were verified for threshold purposes: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Once declared eligible, campaigns may submit additional contributions for matching funds on the first business day of every month. The U.S. Treasury Department will pay the FEC certified amounts beginning in January 2004. The maximum amount a candidate could receive is currently estimated to be $18.6 million.

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