Libertarian Party passes online fundraising goal for 2009

Posted by Mark Meranta at

Dear Friend of Liberty,

If you look at the donation counter on our home page, you will see we recently surpassed our $200,900 goal for online donations for 2009. We’re at just over $210,000 at the time of writing this.

That’s good news — but unfortunately, there’s bad news too. Our donations by mail are way down this year. Even though we cut our total budget from $1.8 million last year to $1.2 million this year, by June 30 we were already running $75,000 short.

I need your help now to start counteracting these downturns.

The thing is, I’m very excited about opportunities for the Libertarian Party to make a huge impact in the 2010 elections. Poll after poll shows Americans are fed up with Republicans and Democrats.

President Obama and the Democrats are trying to force a socialized health care system on us. Republicans claim to be against socialized medicine, but former President Bush and the Republicans gave us a giant socialized Medicare drug program just a few years ago. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Meanwhile, President Obama appears to be ramping up the war and casualties in Afghanistan. Don’t Democrats claim to be against war? Yeah, right.

The Libertarian Party has consistently fought to decrease the size and scope of government since its founding in 1971. That’s why when I first found out about the LP in 1996, I joined immediately.

Please go online and make a donation today to help our party get back on a growth path. I need your help today.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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11 thoughts on “Libertarian Party passes online fundraising goal for 2009

  1. Aroundtheblockafewtimes

    Total lack of nuance regarding the positions of the major parties. No, the Democrats don’t claim to be against war. They are not pacifists and never claimed to be. Obama has consistently said the war in Afghanistan is a just fight.
    A party that gets 2% or so of the vote, cannot win any credibility by making wild accusations against the other parties that any thinking American can immediately see as a half-truth at best.

  2. Mac

    Aroundtheblockafewtimes, maybe you should go around a block a few more times because clearly you don’t know as much as you think.

    Obama ran his presendency on an anti-war footing, not to mention the large liberal base of the democratic party is largly anti-war. Just because a party didn’t specifically say they are pacifiists doesn’t mean you can’t infer from their comments, positions and votes in Congress what they trully believe. In case you didn’t realize, both parties try to be as vague as they can be as not to alienate certain people of their party.

  3. Aroundtheblockafewtimes

    No, after 40 years, I realize the major parties make a conscious effort to be vague. There is no reason why the LP should emulate them.

    Or why libertarians should give a pass to Democrats regarding the Afghan war or to believe that they are anti-war.

  4. A.P.R.

    Although I consistently vote for the Libertarian Party I feel that if they ever reach the size of one of the branches of the Bipartisan Party they, too, will be corrupted by the influence of money. The election system in this country must be completely overhauled, removing the influence of the moneyed interests in order for the voter to make an impartially informed, rational choice.

  5. Purple

    I’m certainly fed up with both Dems and Reps. I just moved from MA to GA. The colors blue and red certainly allign with the temperature of the blood in those state’s residents. People are way nicer south of the Mason-Dixon. The trade-off is they don’t know a thing about politics. Can’t win. We should all go purple.

  6. F.N.M.

    I realize that this is a mailing targetting existing LP members, but I still find it rather counter productive. If the LP is to acheive any of its goals it will have to capture the hearts, minds, and votes of those who currently vote Democratic or Republican. You don’t make your job any easier by insulting the member of either party or their supporters.

    It should be possible talk up the benefits up the LP without resorting to namecalling or sarcasm. You can reach out to those who oppose the current health care reforms (who are largely republican) at point out the shortcomings of the republican party without insulting republicans. You can reach out to those who are anti-war (who largely voted for President Obama) and point out the failings of the current administration without sarcastic remarks about the President.

  7. John Famularo

    F.N.M. wrote,

    “If the LP is to acheive any of its goals”

    What goals? Where are they unambigiusly defined? With what strategy?

  8. F.N.M.

    I’m not sure why you’re asking me, but I guess their website would be a good place to start.

    Based on the above letter to their donors it seems they are also interested in “opportunities for the Libertarian Party to make a huge impact in the 2010 elections.”

    No need to thank me.

  9. paulie Post author

    Total lack of nuance regarding the positions of the major parties. No, the Democrats don’t claim to be against war. They are not pacifists and never claimed to be. Obama has consistently said the war in Afghanistan is a just fight.

    True, but much of the sentiment that got him elected was antiwar, and he’s done nothing to deliver the goods on that. The troops are still in Iraq, for example. We still have torture, indefinite detention, secret prisons, domestic espionage, and all the other things many, many people voted for Obama so as to put a stop to.

    I’m glad to see the LP call out the Democrats on their bullshit when it comes to betraying peace and civil liberties issues, just as we have long done with Republicans and their betrayal of economic liberty issues which they use as empty rhetoric to get elected.

  10. Melty

    yeah, what Paulie said!
    The LP needs to make peace a big talking point now more than ever. I’m delighted that Wes Benedict brought that up in strong, plain terms.

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