To declare as a presidential candidate, anyone can complete and sign an FEC Form 2, a single-page statement of candidacy. Once the FEC receives that document either online or in the mail, it assigns the applicant an identification number and post their name on the commission’s website. If a candidate expects to raise and spend more than $5,000 to promote their campaign, then an additional FEC Form 1, declaring a campaign finance committee, must be completed within 15 days of collecting the money.
Voila! That’s all it takes to be recognized by the federal government as an official presidential candidate.
Is America ready for something like the Monster Raving Loony Party?
Or, even, do they already have something like that? I know Canada had the Hippo Party. But the US?