Meet Limberbutt, the Tabby Cat Who's Running for President

Limberbutt McCubbins was officially registered as a candidate.

July 10, 2015, 3:02 PM
PHOTO: Limberbutt McCubbins is officially registered as a presidential candidate.
Limberbutt McCubbins is officially registered as a presidential candidate.
Emilee McCubbins

— -- If this presidential candidate wins next year, it will be by a whisker.

His name is Limberbutt McCubbins, a registered federal office-seeker — who happens to be a cat.

"This happened probably back in early May," Emilee McCubbins of Lousiville, Kentucky told ABC News. "My friend Issac messaged on Facebook asking for my address. After a half an hour later, I got an email from the FEC that Limberbutt McCubbins had been officially registered in the presidential race."

McCubbins, 17, said the steps to register Limberbutt as a candidate only took her friend a short time to complete.

"Personally, I think if you're going to become a leader of the free world you should have to do a bit more of an extensive application process," she said. "You don't even have to put in a social security number, which is a bit worrisome, but you do have to file some papers for tax records and campaign donations. You have to raise $5,000 to get on the ballot."

Being that Limberbutt is a feline, McCubbins said there's no need to beef up his campaign, adding that she's aware her gray tabby may not have much of a shot going far in the race.

"It's just a fun thing to pass the time," McCubbins said. "It's the summer and there's no homework, so we enter our cats in the presidential race."

The Federal Election Commission released the following statement to ABC News.

"FEC regulations speak only about individuals in connection with the registration of federal candidates. An individual becomes a candidate for federal office and triggers registration and reporting obligations under federal law when his or her campaign exceeds $5,000 in either contributions or expenditures. Within 15 days, the individual is required to file a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) with the FEC. Ballot access does not fall under the jurisdiction of the FEC; rather, the states have their own set of requirements.

"The FEC Press Office wishes our feline friend the best of luck and many more lives to come! Meow!"

McCubbins said she created a Facebook page for Limberbutt and has been having a good time publicizing his candidacy while it lasts.

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