I didn’t know this – anyone can run for President

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.

It is not necessary to be eligible to be President in order to run for President.

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?

29 thoughts on “I didn’t know this – anyone can run for President”

  1. Richard Gadsden

    This doesn’t get you on the ballot paper though.

    All it does is mean that you’re allowed to seek donations and that the FEC opens a file where you can record the donations.

    Ballot access is notoriously complicated and difficult in the US – there’s a scene in the documentary that NetFlix did about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez where she hands in thousands of signatures on the petition to get her onto the ballot (she needed 1250, handed in over 5000, had many of them disqualified but still had enough to make it).

    At Presidential level, third parties need tens or hundreds of thousands of signatures in each state. Both the Greens and the Libertarians regularly put in more time and money getting onto the ballot than they do actually getting people to vote for them.

  2. “Canada had the Hippo Party. But the US?”

    In the US one need only identify as a hippo.

  3. Has Boris given up his US citizenship yet?

    For all his flaws he’s far more impressive than any of the Dem candidates.

  4. Have to look into that, this will be my first time voting in a Canada federal election coming up and I’d like to narrow it down from anyone but Trudeau

  5. The Other Bloke in Italy

    I have read that California hope to keep the Donald off the ballot unless he turns over his tax returns.

    Can they do that?

  6. “It is not necessary to be eligible to be President in order to run for President.”

    Yarp. Hence the accusations that presidential candidates John McCain (born in Panama) and Ted Cruz (born in Canadia) weren’t “natural born citizens”.

    Also the Obama birther conspiracy theories.

  7. “I have read that California hope to keep the Donald off the ballot unless he turns over his tax returns.

    Can they do that?”

    Yep. State is run by Hillarycrats. They do whatever they want.

    Notice their rejection of democracy.

    At this point it is just a ploy by California. We’ll see how far they take it, perhaps to the brink of the election. Trump isn’t going to win California, anyway, so it will have no impact on the 2020 election.

  8. USA Presidents related

    Economic experts don’t get much more expert than Paul Krugman.

    The current ‘Distinguished Professor of Economics at City University of New York’ is so eminent in his field that he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2008.

    So it’s probably fair to surmise, as many do, that Mr Krugman might be the smartest economist in the world.

    That’s why people were so desperate to know his immediate reaction to Donald Trump winning the 2016 election.

    He was unequivocal: this was a catastrophe of almost Biblical proportions.

    ‘It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump,’ Krugman wrote in a blog for the NYT posted at 12.42am, ‘and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my speciality. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear. Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.’…”

    Poor Krugman, whose sneering loathing for Trump knows no bounds, was almost inconsolable as he predicted financial Armageddon:

  9. “Is America ready for something like the Monster Raving Loony Party?”

    Are you kidding? We’ve got a million of ’em.

    Party for Socialism and Liberation
    American Delta Party
    American Freedom Party
    American Solidarity Party
    Black Riders Liberation Party
    Citizens Party of the United States
    Communist Party
    Freedom Socialist Party
    Humane Party
    Independent American Party
    Justice Party
    Legal Marijuana Now Party
    Modern Whig Party
    Protectionism 2007
    National Socialist Movement
    New Black Panther Party
    Peace and Freedom Party
    Prohibition Party
    Reform Party
    Electoral reform
    Socialist Action
    Socialist Alternative
    Socialist Equality Party
    Socialist Labor Party of America
    Socialist Party
    Socialist Workers Party
    United States Marijuana Party
    United States Pirate Party
    Unity Party of America Centrism
    Workers World Party Communism
    Alaskan Independence Party
    California National Party
    Independent Party of Connecticut
    Independent Party of Delaware
    Aloha Aina Party of Hawaii
    Natural Law Party
    Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party
    Independence Party of Minnesota
    Legal Marijuana Now Party
    Conservative Party of New York State
    Independence Party of New York
    Liberal Party of New York
    New York State Right to Life Party
    Rent Is Too Damn High Party
    Serve America Movement
    Tax Revolt Party of Nassau County*
    Women’s Equality Party
    Working Families Party of New York*
    Covenant Party
    Charter Party (Cincinnati only)
    Constitution Party of Oregon
    Independent Party of Oregon
    Oregon Progressive Party
    Socialist Party of Oregon
    Sovereign Union Movement, (Movimiento Unión Soberanista)
    New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico, also translated New Party for Progress of Puerto Rico (Partido Nuevo Progresista de Puerto Rico)
    Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, (Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico)
    Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party, (Partido por Puerto Rico)
    Puerto Rican Independence Party, (Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño)
    Working People’s Party of Puerto Rico, (Partido del Pueblo Trabajador)
    Moderate Party of Rhode Island
    American Party of South Carolina
    Working Families Party
    United Utah Party
    Independent Citizens Movement
    Vermont Progressive Party
    Liberty Union Party
    Vermont Working Families Party
    Progressive Dane (Dane County only)
    Independent Greens of Virginia

  10. Bloke in Germany

    “Trump isn’t going to win California, anyway,”

    Isn’t this obviously true statement quite an indictment of California? Y’know, if Trump were up against one other candidate, say, Mr. Adolf Pol Victor Benito Amin-Stalin-Zedong-Botha, that Trump would lose?

  11. Amusing from a libertarian. What I took away from the post was a surprise that anyone could run for President. That there was some sort of “eligibility” test. Other than being American. Eligibility decided by who? How remarkably Eurocentric! Yep, to become the political leader in the UK it’s necessary to gain the support of the party hierarchy in deals done behind closed doors and the outcome presented to the electorate. In the States, you just have to get enough people to vote for you. Democracy that’s called, isn’t it?

  12. The toppling of Theresa: Day 31

    “Why don’t you resign? We don’t want you.’ So a former Welsh Tory councillor berated Mrs May at the Welsh Conservative conference in Llangollen on Friday. He was speaking for the entire party. Conservative Home’s hot-off-the-press survey confirmed that this morning. A record proportion of party members – 82 per cent – want her gone.

    As she has done before, Mrs May has simply doubled down. People want politicians to get Brexit over the line – so let’s do a deal’ wasted no time. It immediately moved the story on from the local election catastrophe. What’s more, choosing the Mail, the ersatz voice of middle England, to execute her pretence that that the election results indicate ‘a need to get on’ was a further two fingers up to the party’s right-of-centre grassroots.

    It represents worse than a bunker mentality, indicative more of that time-tested ruse of totalitarians to secure power: the pretence they alone speak for the people (above party), that they alone can deliver the people’s wishes.

    However much anger Kim May’s ‘last ditch plan’ to woo Labour has stirred amongst grassroots Tories, or amongst the staunch Brexiteers and Remainers of both parliamentary parties, she has outflanked her critics again.

    Once again she has shown her remarkable and consistent ability to spot another cul-de-sac that leads to the implosion of the party to which she professes life-long devotion…”

    Begone you treasonous woman

    Buried News:

    Gavin Williamson – No crime committed by leaker say Met.

  13. McDonnell today is either preparing the ground for waking away or putting g the pressure on to see how far she will cave to get her deal through.
    I suspect the former, but given how poor she has been at negotiating can’t blame Labour if they are trying it on to see what they can get away with.
    Makes you wonder if she’s go as far as promising them a GE if the deal goes through

  14. Thousands of sigs to stand for Congress? You need 10 to stand for Parliament, and there are discussions about whether that is too many.

  15. So if you want to be a candidate, first of all you fill in FEC Form 2, to register. Then, later, once you’re registered, if the money starts coming in, then you have to fill in FEC Form 1.

    Only a government could have designed that system.

  16. Bloke in North Dorset


    That’s quite a long list of no hopers, but at least these people seem to be getting some traction:

    Legal Marijuana Now Party

  17. The Other Bloke in Italy said:
    “I have read that California hope to keep the Donald off the ballot unless he turns over his tax returns.”

    Probably good for Trump’s campaign if they do. He’s never going to win in California, it’s all-or-nothing so he won’t get any Electoral College votes, and he’ll be able to portray himself as being attacked by the Deep State Left.

    Plus it’ll be the perfect excuse if he wins the Electoral College but loses the popular vote – “we’d have won both if it wasn’t for California”.

  18. “What I took away from the post was a surprise that anyone could run for President. That there was some sort of “eligibility” test.”

    Anybody can run.

    The Constitution requires:

    1. Natural born citizen,
    2. At least 35 years old,
    3. Have to have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.

    Hillarycrats are exempt from such restraints. Obama did not prove his age nor place of birth. The Birther thing is funny, because it was created by . . . Obama. He claimed for 15 years that he was Kenyan. It opened a lot of doors for him. That’s why his college records won’t be released. They say, “Kenyan.”

  19. “Mr. Adolf Pol Victor Benito Amin-Stalin-Zedong-Botha, that Trump would lose?”

    K. Sure, the Hillarycrats could nominate Jussie Smollett and lose California. Anything is possible. Not likely, but possible.

  20. The popular vote argument is bollocks.

    How many illegals are there and how many vote? The people tasked with answering those questions haven’t given a shit for decades.

  21. Not quite. I know the restrictions – resident, natural born, over 35. What I didn’t know is that those don’t apply to running. Nor, actually, to being voted for. Only to taking office.

  22. Seems to me, Tim, whoever wrote the rules was rather subtle. At the time, the preference for a president was with those restrictions. But times change. Maybe, at some time in the future, Americans would want a president who didn’t conform to those restrictions. So they change the restrictions. But if you don’t let the person run, how do you know?

  23. “to become the political leader in the UK it’s necessary to gain the support of the party hierarchy in deals done behind closed doors and the outcome presented to the electorate”

    That’s a fair description of how Hellary ended up as Dem candidate last time.

  24. ‘That’s why his college records won’t be released. They say, “Kenyan.”’

    If they haven’t been released, how do you know? Maybe they say “Indonesian”. Or maybe they say “CIA family – to be treated favourably”.

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