Update: 2016 Presidential Candidates who have filed with the FEC

As of June 22, 38 individuals have filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for President of the United States in 2016. Of these,  16 filed as Independent, None, or Other; 13 filed as Republicans; eight filed as Democrats; and one filed as Libertarian.

Notable among those running include:

Jeff Boss (Website) – Democrat

Jeff Boss

  • Conspiracy theorist from New Jersey.
  • Bases his campaign on 9/11 truth.
  • Claims he witnessed the NSA orchestrate the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Appeared on the 2008 general presidential election ballot in New Jersey as the “Vote Here” candidate, received 639 votes.
  • Appeared on the 2012 general presidential election ballot in New Jersey as the  “NSA Did 9/11″ candidate, received 1,024 votes.
  • See also: The Frenzied Conspiracy Theories of Jeff Boss (Vice.com) – explains that “it was [his] sister-in-law, Cathy who had orchestrated the September 11th attacks.”

Jack Fellure (No Website) – Republican

Jack Fellure.jpg

  • Retired engineer from West Virginia.
  • Bases his platform on the 1611 Authorized King James Bible.
  • Wishes to ban pornography, alcohol, abortion, and homosexuality.
  • Has no website, no cell phone, and does not use the internet.
  • Has run in the Republican presidential primary in every election since 1988.
  • Won the Prohibition Party’s presidential nomination in 2012 and appeared on the general election ballot in Louisiana, receiving 518 votes.

 Dr. Terry Jones (Website) – No Party Affiliation

  • Pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Florida.
  • Strongly opposed to radical Islam.
  • Best known for highly publicized Koran-burnings, which often spark violent protests in the Middle East, and have lead to the issuing of a warrant for his arrest in Egypt.
  • Ran as a write-in presidential candidate in 2012.

Kip Lee (Website) – Libertarian

  • Platform page located on James Ogle’s US Parliament website, which links to a Facebook page with four likes.
  • Calls for the abolition of all financial institutions and prisons.
  • Believes an alien spaceship will land on January 20, 2017.
  • Additional information can be found on Project Vote Smart.

 Samm Tittle (Website) – Independent

  • Small business owner from Virginia.
  • Holds typical Conservative views on political issues as listed on her campaign website.
  • Appeared on the 2012 general presidential election ballot in Colorado and Louisiana as the “We the People” candidate, receiving 2,571 votes overall.
  • See this recent IPR post for further information.

Robby Wells (Website) – Independent

  • Former head football coach for Savannah State University (Record: 7-15).
  • Was the first white football coach for the traditionally-black school, and sued the school for reverse discrimination after his dismissal; the lawsuit was later settled.
  • Ran for president in 2012, first as an Independent, then for the Reform Party nomination, and then for the Constitution Party nomination.
  • Finished third at the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention with 58 of the 402 delegate votes cast.
  • Considers himself the ideological successor of former Congressman Ron Paul.

For the complete list of candidates, click here.

30 thoughts on “Update: 2016 Presidential Candidates who have filed with the FEC

  1. Oranje Mike

    All of the fringe and crazies make the plunge first. I guess all of the professional politicians with wet dreams of continuing the Bush II/Obama agenda have to plan everything and map out everything before they even announce their intention.

  2. Krzysztof Lesiak

    Darryl W. Perry should be on the list…but he hasn’t filed with the FEC, as he doesn’t recognize it as a legitimate authority. Which I think is a mistake on his part, as well not accepting donations in USD. All this won’t make it any easier for him to win the LP’s nomination.

  3. Andy

    “Krzysztof Lesiak // Jun 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Darryl W. Perry should be on the list…but he hasn’t filed with the FEC, as he doesn’t recognize it as a legitimate authority. Which I think is a mistake on his part, as well not accepting donations in USD. All this won’t make it any easier for him to win the LP’s nomination.”

    I agree with Darryl W. Perry in spirit here, but practically speaking, the most likely effect that this will have is that it will mean that his campaign will not have much success.

  4. William Saturn Post author

    I e-mailed Toby Davis to see if he had any info on Fellure, but he has not yet responded.

  5. William Saturn Post author

    I forgot to add that Lee L. Mercer has also filed with the FEC to run for President.

    For those of you who don’t remember him, here is a reminder.

    According to his 2008 campaign website, among other reasons, he ran for president:

    “To Prove the United States of America has two Presidents and I am one of them”

    “To prove every person in the United States of America knows me and everybody in the International World knows me too”

    “To Prove I have solved every crime in the world as it happens from zero to start to finish for every crime done in Business and Commerce Intelligence National and International.”

    “To Prove I am a University of Texas at Austin ROTC to West Point Military Academy Road Scholar and Scholar of The World Academic Bid awarded doctor’s degrees”

    “To Prove the United States Government killed my sex life, my wife sex life, my daughter-in –laws sex life both may sons and other of my family members sex life with Espionage Experimentation and Espionage Exploitation sex killing.”

    “To Prove Jeb Bush is all in my house with disease.”

    “To Prove My only Guardian Former Governor of Texas Ann Richards has just joined me MERCER FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN and Lt. Col. Charles Wallace of The United States Army Military Intelligence Academy.”

    “To Prove America is America.”

  6. Thane Eichenauer

    @5, “his campaign will not have much success.”

    Ernest Hancock has said “Support in the form of money, effort and votes are a side effect of filling a very desirable need for the promotion of individual liberty.”

    I rather think that Darryl W. Perry might have different criteria for success than other political candidates.

    http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/ernesthancock-org-l-neil-smiths-aphorisms-q-a-with-ernie-hancock-and-a-video/

  7. William Saturn Post author

    @8

    I am not a doctor, so I cannot diagnose Mr. Mercer. So I do not know if he is mentally ill or not.

    However, I know Vincent Van Gogh suffered from severe mental illness, yet that doesn’t prevent appreciation of his art. As we all know, many of these very minor “campaigns” are just exercises in performance art. We can appreciate it as such.

  8. Thomas L. Knapp

    GP @ 4,

    “Candidates who will not file with teh FEC or take cash donations are less serious than these people.”

    Yes, we all know that Lenin was sooooooo much less serious than Kerensky.

  9. Steven Wilson

    I am sorry, as much as I appreciate the fringe, Robby wells reminds of Lex , Gene hackman style.

    In 2016, I am gonna vote for Abe Vigoda. Long live Fish!!

  10. Robert Capozzi

    13 tk: Yes, we all know that Lenin was sooooooo much less serious than Kerensky.

    me: Look at it another way. Think of GP as a cat. Think of FEC filings as a ball of yard. No yard, no plaything for the cat. ;)

  11. Waldemar Testarossa Fiumente

    “I am not a doctor, so I cannot diagnose Mr. Mercer. So I do not know if he is mentally ill or not.”

    I can’t diagnose him, but I can tell that he’s nuts (or pretending to be).

  12. William Saturn Post author

    I recently came across another candidate who filed to run for president in 2016:




    His name is Josue Larose, best known as the Super PAC man. He’s created more Super PACs than any other person in the nation, at least 60 in total. They include the “JC Penney Department Store Customers Super PAC,” the “NBA Sport Players Super PAC,” and, most importantly, the “Wal-Mart Customers Super PAC.” In addition, he’s created over 340 state PACs in Florida including, the “Billionaire Josue Larose’s Dating Women Committee.”

    When asked why he creates so many PACs, Larose told the Sun Sentinel, “I want to give everybody a voice.”

    However, in doing so, Larose frustrates FEC employees, who have to deal with the resulting paperwork. Among them, Larose has gained a bad reputation. Furthermore, he is currently under investigation for 2,052 counts of election law violations.

    But Larose, who doubles as a music producer, says he “will make a good politician.” He has run for Congress twice, and once for Governor of Florida. In December 2008, he filed with the FEC to run for President as a Republican in the 2016 election. Though he remains listed on the FEC page of 2016 presidential candidates, his campaign committee terminated in February 2009.

    If you would like to speak with Larose, you might want to reconsider. He does not take kindly to inquiries. When Sunshine State News attempted to contact him in 2010, his spokesman Peter Lincoln responded:

    Be careful in writing bad articles against Mr. Larose, because he has a good Law Firm in Florida that represents him and that is ready to sue any journalist and any media for slander and difamation against him.

    Please forget Josue Larose in your head. Then do not call us anymore and do not send us no more messages via Email.

    Any new phone call will consider as a harassment call to Mr. Josue Larose and his staff.

    Please leave Mr. Larose alone.

  13. Thane Eichenauer

    Kip Lee – “Calls for the abolition of all financial institutions and prisons.”

    I usually think of abolitionism as being a basic libertarian idea. His position sounds more like he is saying “Calls for the prohibition of all financial institutions and prisons.”

  14. eddybanks

    I believe Michael Jingozian is filed with the FEC, and I hope he runs. He could be a strong candidate that people will listen to.

  15. NewFederalist

    Didn’t the Pope who backed him for President or World Important Major Person resign? C’mon… if the Pope thinks you are a wimp there is no hope!

  16. NewFederalist

    I hear that cognitive flatulence can be cured by increasing one’s beer consumption! I’m going to give it a try.

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