Ralph Nader's independent presidential bid is off to a slow start filling its campaign coffers.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reported this afternoon that he had raised $321,700 by the end of February, including $40,200 from his own pocket and a quarter of his total take from California residents.
Nader, a longtime consumer advocate who is far behind the tens of millions raised and spent by the major-party candidates, has reported spending a paltry $43,700.
In 2000, Nader raised $8.4 million as the Green Party's candidate and received nearly 3 percent of the vote.
In 2004, also running as an independent, he collected $4.6 million, with nearly $800,000 from public financing, and won only 0.3 percent of the vote as an independent.
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