The routine FEC filing makes false claims that Biden filed for re-election

The claim: President Joe Biden has officially filed for re-election

The presidential election is still more than two years away, but many social media posts claim that President Joe Biden has already filed for re-election.

“Joe Biden has officially filed for re-election,” reads an Aug. 30 Instagram post, which is accompanied by a series of laughing emojis and has more than 7,000 likes.

The claim was also spread by Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier, whose Aug. 30 Facebook post was shared more than 300 times before it was deleted. Fournier told USA TODAY in an email that he had tried to delete it “almost immediately after it was published.”

The claim is false. The allegations come from a document dated Aug. 26 and signed Aug. 30 filed with the Federal Election Commission by Biden’s campaign committee. It was not a re-election filing, but rather a routine update of the treasurer’s name change.

USA TODAY has reached out to the user who shared the post for comment.

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The FEC filing was for a change of treasurer

In response to a USA TODAY investigation, the White House referred questions to the Democratic National Committee. Daniel Wessel, a DNC spokesman, said the recent FEC filing was unrelated to a Biden re-election bid.

“This was just updating the form to change the treasurer’s name because the former treasurer is taking a public job,” Wessel said.

This was not the first time Biden’s campaign committee reported a change of treasurer. A similar filing was made last year, according to documents available on the FEC’s website.

Barry Bearden, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said he found no record of a candidate filing by the Biden campaign on the FEC’s website.

“This would be the clearest indicator that Biden has ‘officially’ launched a re-election campaign,” Bearden told USA TODAY.

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All candidates for federal office must file with the FEC and regularly report both campaign-related donations and expenditures, Bearden said, but no prominent Democrat or Republican has formally filed for office this term. 2024.

“Many political figures are already campaigning for the presidency in informal ways by giving speeches, publishing books and podcasts, traveling to key areas, endorsing candidates for office, and even raising and spending money through non-campaign organizations,” he said.

Last year, Biden said he intended to run for re-election and would “fully expect” Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

Our rating: Wrong

Based on our research, we rate the claim that Biden has formally filed for re-election as FALSE. A recent FEC filing by Biden’s campaign committee was not related to a re-election bid, but was made to change the treasurer’s name.

Our fact-checking sources:

  • Daniel Wessel, August 31, email exchange with USA TODAY

  • Barry Burden, August 31, email exchange with USA TODAY

  • Ryan Fournier, August 31, email exchange with USA TODAY

  • Federal Election Commission, accessed August 31, Biden for President

  • Federal Election Commission, August 30, Statement of Organization

  • Federal Election Commission, May 18, 2021, Statement of Organization

  • Federal Election Commission, January 12, 2021, Statement of Organization

  • Reuters November 22, 2021 White House says Biden plans to run again in 2024

  • USA TODAY March 25, 2021 Joe Biden said he plans to run for re-election in 2024 and would “fully expect” Kamala Harris to be a running mate

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact-checking: False claim that Biden filed for re-election

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