Somebody please tell me why this is a good thing. Isn't this sort of like admitting you're not going to raise very much money from your supporters/the public in general?
Clark opts to stick with public funds
Democratic hopeful Wesley K. Clark, who flirted with the idea of skipping public financing of his campaign despite a late fund-raising start, announced yesterday he will stay within the system. The decision means Clark will be limited to $45 million in overall primary spending and will face state-to-state spending caps. He will be eligible for up to about $19 million in government funding for his campaign. Clark, who started his campaign in late September, raised $3.5 million in the first two weeks. He expects to raise at least $6 million in the current fund-raising quarter, which runs from October through December. That would have him finishing the year with less than half the amount that money front-runners Howard Dean and John F. Kerry have raised.