Even before you, as a prospective Presidential candidate, can ever hope to be adored by the fickles masses,
there are a couple of hoops you have to jump through. Let us ignore, for a moment, all the various humiliations you will have to endure during the campaign itself and focus on the starting gate. Do you want to be President? Does anyone else want you to be President?
First things first: You can do one of two things.
1. If you’re not sure you or anyone else wants you to be President then you can set up an exploratory committee. You are, as the wonderful link tells you, testing the waters. During this time you don’t need to reveal how much money you’re spending and how you’re spending it. You cease to be testing the waters when you find yourself doing, among other things, one of the following:
– making statements that refer to yourself as a candidate
– using advertising to publicize your intention to campaign
– taking action to qualify for the ballot.
2. Now, if you find that testing the waters has yielded a bite or if you were already confident enough in your potential to be the President of the United States then you make a formal announcement and then apply to the Federal Elections Commission
This body of fine people, as they say on their website was set up…
In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) – the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
So that’s what it does. It makes sure that everything goes smoothly and by their book as regards the Presidential Race.
It’s critics know it by another name. The Toothless Anaconda. I say critics – it has two critics and this is their report:
A Toothless Anaconda: Innovation, Impotence and Overenforcement at the Federal Election Commission
I don’t know what their agenda is. I’m guess it’s an anti-FEC agenda. Regardless of that the fact is – if you want to be President of the USA you need to register with the FEC. Also, I am sure that this relatively new body has more than two critics. I have made no effort to find any as that was not the purpose of this posting.
I think that next time there will be a brief overview of the declared candidates so far.