Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is choosing not to accept government assistance for his campaign, the first Democratic candidate to do so in 30 years.
The former Vermont governor decided to forgo a possible $18.9 million in public funds – and the $45 million spending limit that comes with the payment – after polling his supporters on the topic.
But Dean’s just jumping on the Bush bandwagon.
In the 2000 Republican primary, George W. Bush became the first candidate to opt out of the system where taxpayer dollars are given to candidates based on the amount of money they raised.
Bush is planning on doing the same this year as well. The only problem is that much news is being made of Dean’s decision and not Bush’s.