(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer became the first 2012 contender eligible to receive matching funds from the Federal Election Commission, according to a statement from the FEC Friday.
Eligibility is based on candidates raising $100,000 through collections of $5,000 in 20 different states in amounts no greater than $250 from any individual. Having reached the benchmarks, the Roemer campaign is able to receive $100,000 from the United States Treasury and submit additional contributions for matching funds each month.
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According to the FEC, documents filed by the former Louisiana governor's campaign, which launched in July, show he reached the threshold in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
The FEC said Roemer is the only candidate they are aware of that has requested matching funds.
Carlos Sierra, Roemer's campaign manager, said the influx of cash into their roughly $30,000 per month budget will impact their operation considerably.
"We were just waiting for these funds because obviously it changes things for us," Sierra said, adding they will focus their energies in the early voting states of Arizona and Michigan in the short term.
The Treasury may begin allocating funds to candidates starting this month with primary candidates able to receive a maximum of $22.8 million. If candidates choose to accept the funds, they must also agree to an overall spending limit and limits in each state.
In 2008, then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did not accept matching funds in the primary or general election, opting instead to raise more independently. However, Obama's general election rival and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain accepted the funds during the primary.
While former President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry rejected the public funds during the primary campaign in 2004, they accepted the over $74 million during the general election campaign.
Good for him. For the life of me I don't know why *both* the far right wing and the establishment Republicans do not like this guy.
Another Republican thug to loot this nation....and its middle class.
He's about the only one left who makes any sense in that race, and he doesn't stand a chance.
Congratulations Mr. Roemer. As a Dem. I can't honestly support you, but I have heard you speak several times and you impress me as the most honest of all the other Reps. You should have been allowed to participate in the debates. Good luck to you.
Buddy Roemer is running? How many others are in the race that we've never heard about?
whose Buddy and where has he been hiding?
Not good for the middle class. I was just wondering, how many union members vote Republican. How's that working for ya?
Just a thought but.....................if repuks are really "concerned" about the U.S. deficit why not eliminate this program. And really who is this Buddy Roemer person? REALLY?
Add me to the "Who is Buddy Roemer" list.
Why didn't he get to debate?
There's no chance that program will be eliminated, as both Democrats and Republicans can use it. And that's all both parties care about anyway; getting their hands on more money than they deserve.
"There's no chance that program will be eliminated, as both Democrats and Republicans can use it."
America would be a far better place if the entire campaign was publicly funded, with no outside money or ads. Just debates, candidate ads and position papers/websites.
There's no chance that program will be eliminated, as both Democrats and Republicans can use it. And that's all both parties care about anyway; getting their hands on more money than they deserve
Ain't THAT the truth!
No extra "free speech" for Buddy ...
You haven't heard of him because he had no money to put himself out there.
Registered Dem here, but this guy sounds more sane than the other Pubs.
Mr. Roemer was, I believe, former Gov. of LA. He has been on Morning Joe several times. He refuses to accept donations over 100.00 if I remember correctly. It takes a lot to impress me, especially a Rep. But believe it or not I could vote for him if Pres. Obama were not in the picture. Colin Powell and Chuck Hagle are the only other Reps. I have an ounce of respect for.
Different "Mark", but I'm with you. Who T F is Buddy Roemer? Is he the Lee Jeans mascot? A Republican you say? Hasn't dropped out? Has anyone contacted Stephen Colbert's Super PAC? The name alone has possibilities.
he will never make it – he's an "unknown" it would take a billion dollars in ads for him to go all the way – of course, if you see it like the rethuglicans see it – they think everybody in this country is going for : "anybody" but obama –
I think they might be mistaken – that would be foolish to think that way .
Went back and read his bio on the election page. Shame on CNN, et al. for not giving the guy equal press. Until now I thought it was a four person race, as I'm sure many here would have thought too. Just goes to show that elections are bought, and a guy doing it the old fashioned way doesn't stand a chance.