ProCon.org Criteria for Inclusion as a Presidential Candidate
Below are the criteria ProCon.org uses to determine which presidential candidates we include on our website 2016 Election ProCon.org. To be included on our site, a presidential candidate must:
File all of the proper paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and receive an FEC "Candidate ID" number.
Have active campaigns operating in more than one state. Suspended campaigns will be considered inactive.
Exceed $2,000,000 in campaign contributions from individual donations or contributions/loans from the candidate him or herself (not including PAC or SuperPAC funds), and/or win the national political party nomination for US president in one of the four parties whose candidates received over 250,000 votes in the 2012 presidential election: Democrat, Green, Libertarian, and Republican. [Note: At the request of many readers who wanted our third party candidate coverage sooner than later, as of May 19, 2016, we included the Libertarian and Green candidates who won their party's nomination in 2012, who are running for president in 2016, who are leading the polling among their party members, and who meet all our other criteria, even though they may not have raised $2,000,000 or won their 2016 party nomination.]
Be legally eligible to become US president
Not have publicly and officially declared himself/herself out of the race
Candidates must continually meet all of the above criteria. We will add candidates who meet these criteria, and we will stop updating the profiles of candidates who no longer do.