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Nader bid qualifies for federal funds

WASHINGTON -- Ralph Nader's independent bid for the White House has qualified to receive matching government funds, the Federal Election Commission announced yesterday.

Campaign officials said Nader has raised more than $850,000 to date from 7,800 separate contributions. To receive matching funds, a candidate must raise at least $5,000 in 20 states in donations of $250 or less.

The average contribution to the Nader campaign is $100, with 89 percent being $100 or less, the campaign said. The FEC matches all contributions of $250 or less up to $18.7 million.

''The Nader campaign is not dialing for corporate dollars, unlike the corporate political duopoly we are challenging," said a statement Nader issued. ''We are seeking a broad base of support among the people."

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