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  • Press Release

Nader Ninth Presidential Candidate Declared Eligible for Primary Matching Funds in 2004 Race

May 28, 2004

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2004
Contact: George Smaragdis
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff




WASHINGTON ? Ralph Nader today became the ninth 2004 presidential candidate to be declared eligible by the Federal Election Commission to receive federal matching funds.  Nader is seeking the Populist and other third party nominations 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 Nader campaign on April 20 , 2004, contributions from the following states were verified for threshold purposes: Arizona , California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, 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 maximum amount a candidate could receive is $18.7 million.


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