WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has certified
$15,417,353.84 in Federal Matching Funds to six Presidential candidates
for the 2004 election. The U.S. Treasury Department will make the payments
on January 2, 2004.
By comparison, in 2000, the first matching fund
payments went to eight candidates, totaling $34,019,496.24; in 1996, 10
candidates received $37,353,967.40; in 1992, eight candidates received
$6,372,788.31; in 1988, 12 candidates received a total of $28,748,261.05; In
1984, $7,771,960.41 was paid to six candidates; in 1980, $1,944,055.92 was
paid to three candidates; and in 1976, 11 candidates received $1,880,502.21.
The following chart lists the amount certified to each candidate. While
the Fund contains sufficient funds to pay these certifications in full,
there may not be sufficient monies in the Fund to pay full certifications in
February. Reduced payments will continue until the Fund has been replenished
by future checkoff designations on 2003 tax returns, at which time each
campaign will receive the amount it is due. Howard Dean initially qualified
to receive matching funds, but his campaign withdrew its request for funds.
|Wesley K. Clark (D)
|John R. Edwards (D)
|Richard A. Gephardt (D)
|Dennis J. Kucinich (D)
|Lyndon H. LaRouche (D)
|Joseph Lieberman (D)
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, in amounts of no more than $250 from any individual
contributor. Candidates must also agree to abide by spending limits, to keep
certain records, and to submit those records for audit. In addition to
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. 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
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