FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden File For Re-Election In August?
A post shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden filed for reelection with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in anticipation for the 2024 Presidential election.
The document is an amendment to his presidential campaign committee, not a declaration of intent to run. A spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) confirmed the form was an amendment.
Biden has indicated he would run for reelection on several occasions and is planning to run, with advisors pushing him to announce “sooner than usual,” according to Reuters. 56 percent of Democrats stated in a recent USA Today-Ipsos poll that Biden should not run for reelection, following a trend that has continued through the summer months, The New York Times reported.
The Facebook post, garnering over 310 reactions, claims Biden filed for reelection with the FEC. The claim was also repeated on websites, such as San Angelo Live.
The filing with the FEC, however, was an amendment to a presidential campaign committee, not an official declaration of his candidacy. The filing was for changing treasurers, according to Fox News. Dave Levinthal, a deputy editor for Business Insider, showed on Twitter that the treasurers had been changed.
Biden for President has a new treasurer, according to an @FEC filing made this hour. She’s Keana Spencer, who’s worked for Biden’s committee for a couple of years as a “tax strategist & operations lead,” per LinkedIn bio.
Old statement of org vs. new statement of org. pic.twitter.com/9nRiEQ3dbi
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) August 30, 2022
“Biden for President has a new treasurer, according to an @FEC filing made this hour. She’s Keana Spencer, who’s worked for Biden’s committee for a couple of years as a “tax strategist & operations lead,” per LinkedIn bio. Old statement of org vs. new statement of org,” Levinthal tweeted. (RELATED: Was There ‘No Vaccine’ Available When Joe Biden Took Office?)
A Democratic official confirmed to Check Your Fact via email that the filing was not for reelection.
“This is not a re-election filing,” the official wrote. “This is just updating the form to change the treasurer name because the former treasurer is taking a government job.”
Sam Lisker, a producer for Spectrum News DC, initially made the claim on Twitter but later corrected the claim. Steven Herman, the chief national correspondent for Voice of America, also issued a correction.
CORRECTION: Biden’s presidential PAC filed an amendment to his FEC form Statement of Organization. He has NOT filed a statement of candidacy. The original tweet has been deleted. pic.twitter.com/OxYEOMDd1T
— Sam Lisker (@slisker) August 30, 2022
This is not the first time the tenure of a politician has been used as a basis for misinformation on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would resign if he did not become the Majority Leader following the 2022 midterm elections.