CANDIDATES '76: Where's Franklin Fitzgerald Jones?

CANDIDATES '76

The 1976 presidential campaign has started earlier than ever before because candidates now need more time to round up money. The controversial new campaign finance law, which was upheld by the U.S. court of appeals last week, requires a candidate to raise a minimum of $5,000 in at least 20 states to qualify for matching federal money. So far, seven candidates have formally entered the Democratic race, and more are sure to follow. To report on where they stand, TIME here begins a series on the contenders.

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