Howard Dean’s supporters are deciding for him on Friday whether he should opt out of public financing and the spending limits that come with it. Dean and his staff say their campaign has been driven by their grassroots and they want this decision to be made the same way.
If Dean were to stick with public funding, his spending would be capped at $45 million until after the party conventions next summer. He says that would handicap him in a race against President Bush, who is not accepting public money. Bush expects to fundraise $170 million.