On May 7, three Democratic members of Congress introduced bills in each House to change public funding for presidential candidates. The bills don’t have numbers yet, but this press release describes the bills. Current law requires presidential candidates to raise $5,000 in small donations from each of 20 states. The bill would increase that to $25,000 from each of 20 states.
The bill’s sponsors are U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. House members Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and David Price (D-N.C.). They introduced almost the same bill in 2012 but it did not advance.
Minor party and independent presidential candidates who have received primary season public funding include Sonia Johnson of the Citizens Party in 1984, Lenora Fulani of the New Alliance Party in 1988 and 1992, John Hagelin of the Natural Law Party, Pat Buchanan of the Reform Party, Ralph Nader in 2000, 2004, and 2008, Jill Stein in 2012, and Gary Johnson in 2012. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.