Commission Certifies Federal Matching Funds for Jill Stein
The Commission has certified Jill Stein’s presidential campaign eligible for an additional $72,942.09 in federal matching funds for the 2012 primary election. The certification is based on the agency’s review of the campaign’s most recent matching fund submission. The United States Treasury Department transferred the certified amount on November 1. To date, the Commission has certified the Green Party nominee eligible for a total of $333,331.22 in matching funds.
Stein is the third candidate to be declared eligible for federal matching funds in 2012. The Commission has certified $351,961.10 in federal matching funds to Charles E. “Buddy” Roemer III and $303,751.20 to Gary Earl Johnson for the primary.
To become eligible, 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.
The presidential public funding program is financed through the $3 check-off that appears on individual income tax returns. The program has three elements: grants to parties to help fund their nominating conventions, grants available to nominees to pay for the general election campaign, and matching payments to participating candidates during the primary campaign.
(Posted 11/5/12; By Dorothy Yeager)
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