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Posted at 10:19 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2013
Thus far, Wikipedia has identified 17 potential Democratic presidential candidates and 35 potential Republican presidential candidates for 2016. Although likely candidates aren’t immediately required to file any “testing the waters” reports, they need to be careful about funds used for early “non-campaigning” activity. FEC regulations give candidates plenty of leeway when considering a run for president … specifically using a reasonable test for raising funds solely for testing the waters.
However, potential candidate who are current office holders or those who have held office often have pockets of money that have been set aside (sometimes for years) that might now be used to make that important trip to Iowa or New Hampshire … under the pretext of official business or non-candidate-related travel.
In the next few days, Political MoneyLine will zero in on some potential presidential candidates for 2016 and give an historical picture of each one’s past and current political spending activity at the federal level. And, when possible, point readers to glimpses of publicly disclosed non-federal monies.
To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.