Gov. Scott Walker is making it official that he is running for president — sort of.
On a day that he greeted President Barack Obama in La Crosse and GOP lawmakers finally made progress on the state's stalled budget, Wisconsin's Republican governor filed papers with the Federal Election Commission "after hearing from countless Americans" during his testing the waters stage, an aide said.
"While I have not yet announced whether I will be a candidate for President of the United States, I have received contributions of more than $5,000 within the last 15 days," Walker wrote in a Thursday letter to the FEC. "Should I formally announce, I will seek the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States in the 2016 election."
With or without a formal announcement, Walker now essentially meets the definition of a candidate under the FEC, which states in part that an individual becomes a candidate for federal office if they have received contributions totaling more than $5,000.
Along with his letter to the FEC, the governor filed a "statement of organization" for a committee named Scott Walker Inc., which listed its address as a P.O. box in Middleton. Kate Lind, who has previously served as treasurer for Walker's gubernatorial campaign, is listed as the treasurer in the FEC filing.
Walker is set to make his formal announcement in Waukesha on July 13, a date first reported by Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.