"No, my friends are all excited about it. They saw it on Facebook," his wife said, according to Feldman. "They want to know if we're getting a party bus!"
Feldman, who is 55, says he is running to persuade voters to support less moneyed interests in elections, and for that reason he is not accepting donations exceeding $5. However, he says that he does not support the government putting limits on campaign contributions.
"I think that we should get money out of politics the same way we got racism out of politics," Feldman said. "It's not illegal to be a racist and run for office, but you won't get votes. And I think the same thing should be done with the corrupting influence of these large donations."
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Feldman says his biggest competition in 2016 will be Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and libertarian candidate who earned 1 percent of the vote—or roughly 1 million votes—in the 2012 presidential election. Johnson was just one of the 417 people who ultimately filed to run for president that year.
"I'm not really trying to sway those 1 million voters to my side," Feldman said. "I'm after the 107 million people who did not vote."
Unsurprisingly, the pool of unknowns who file to run for president trends toward the eccentric and, occasionally, the paranoid. "Santa Claus" filed to run in 2012. "President Emperor Caesar" has filed his candidacy for the past four election cycles. And this year, "Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks" made (his? her? their?) auspicious debut to the political scene.
Other names listed on the FEC website turned out to be falsified or belong to people long deceased. In its filing documents, a George Boria of Buffalo, New York, is listed as treasurer of the Syd Buttocks Committee. But when reached by phone and asked about the committee, Boria had no idea what this reporter was talking about, and must have thought he was on the receiving end of a particularly bizarre prank phone call.
One candidate's application is bordered with clipped-out newspaper headlines about "superstring theory" and includes a collage of photos and headlines worthy of clipping up to a bulletin board on an episode of Homeland.
While it's easy to dismiss these unknowns as people with a surplus of time on their hands, they raise important questions about the role of money in politics, and the struggle of the everyman to feel represented by his government. And for some of these candidates, it's a question worth raising again and again.
Rickey Joe Story, 61, ran as a Republican in 2012 and even paid to get his name at the top of the New Hampshire primary ballot. He got 42 votes in the state, compared with Mitt Romney's 97,591 votes.
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"You can have your name as the very first name on the Republican Party primary ballot in the state of New Hampshire and still be denied access to the primary-campaign debate for the Republican Party—instead being dumped into quote-unquote their 'second-tier,' lesser-known candidates' debate," he told National Journal.