Are You Running For President?

Have you ever been told “If you don’t like the way the country is being run, why don’t you run for office yourself”?

Don’t laugh, a lot of people are. In fact, this includes the presidency. As of this writing, more than 400 people have announced their candidacies to run our nation (http://time.com/5481580/presidential-campaign-filings-skyrocket/).

Overseeing this is the Federal Election Commission (https://www.fec.gov/), an independent regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing the federal campaign finance law with jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House, Senate, Presidency and the Vice Presidency. So if you’re going for national office, their website is a good place to start.

So how could you go about becoming President? Our government does maintain a website “Presidential Election Process” (https://www.usa.gov/election) with a helpful video, “How to Become President of the USA.” Of course, there is paperwork. Go to “Registration and Reporting Forms” (https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/forms/) for the complete list, but a good place to start is with Form 2, Statement of Candidacy.

There is also the matter of raising tens of millions of dollars, but you’re on your own for that one.

Good luck!

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