Paul Frankel is known around here as “Paulie”
Personal background and genesis of political involvement*
I was born in Siberia, part of the former USSR in 1972. Growing up in the epicenter of the 1980s crack cocaine explosion in NYC, I got caught up in the available business ventures and saw some of my friends die, and then became an activist against the drug war starting in the mid to late 1980s.
Through my involvement in the drug peace movement, and college studies in free market environmentalism, I became interested in libertarianism, and abandoned the Democrats after they picked the military-industrial-corporate-statist DLCer and drug warrior hypocrite Bill Clinton as their nominee in 1992, thus finally disproving the idea that 60s radicals were merely infiltrating the establishment in order to change it.
I’m a 1994 graduate of the University of Alabama in Geography. My immediate family has been living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for over 20 years now. My stuff lives in their garage; I’ve lived on the road since 1998, and full time since 2000.
As a life long entrepreneur, I have also started hundreds of businesses in a wide variety of fields. Some of these businesses were successful with as many as 70-100 employees at a time, but many have failed, and I am not personally wealthy at this time.
I first voted Libertarian and attended my first LP meetings and outreach booths in 1992. I became an LP member in 1994/5 and a life member in 2000, and have occasionally been on the executive committee of the Alabama LP since 1998. My involvement in the LP led me into the petition business, which I have been in since 1998.
Since 1998, I have traveled the country as a professional activist/petition contractor. Between that and my earlier travels in the import-export business as a teenager, I have been to 49 US states and about 20 countries, and lived in a number of them.
I have worked on hundreds of campaigns in dozens of states, both professionally and volunteer, gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures, registering tens of thousands of voters, helping start over a dozen libertarian campus clubs, scoring over 10,000 “world’s smallest political quizzes” at over a hundred booths (many, but not all, on or near college campuses), attended hundreds of events such as conventions and demonstrations and so on. I’ve helped qualify parties, candidates, initiatives, referenda, recalls, voter registration drives, etc. I’ve managed teams of both professionals and volunteers in these activities.
I’ve been an LP national convention delegate in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2012. My ballot access work for the LP has been in over 20 states, every year since 1998 except 2001 and 2003. I’ve attended dozens of state party conventions in over a dozen states over that same period of time. I’ve also attended several national and state meetings of other parties as an observer, contractor and reporter.
I’ve been active in several LP caucuses and have attended about half of the national committee meetings since 2007 as a reporter for IndependentPoliticalReport.com (where I have posted about half of the nearly 10,000 articles in the last four years and recruited most of the other writers) and several preceding publications.
I have been on the LNC as a regional alternate representing Region 7 (TX, OK, MS, LA, AL) for several months. During that time I have been one of the most active participants in LNC discussions, although I am not a voting member of the committee.
LNC At Large
When Wayne Root stepped down from the LNC to campaign for Mitt Romney, a number of people have asked me to seek the At Large position he vacated.
Anyone that favors me can help by:
1) writing the whole LNC to tell them why; click on http://www.lp.org/lnc-leadership – each name is linked to an email address.
2) helping find someone from LA, AL, MS or OK who could win a vote of the state chairs of those states plus Texas (at least 3 state chairs) and would work well with JJM n in filling my regional alternate position if I were to win – the chairs expressed an interest in having a non-Texan in the position.
3) Helping set up and contribute to some sort of fund that would ensure that I would not miss any meetings for financial reasons, something that would be much appreciated even as an alternate, as I would like to make all the meeting if I can.
4) Get the LNC to hold the election using approval voting or some similar method, so that if I run it will not take votes from other good candidates or cause additional rounds of voting to take place.
50 state plus ballot access
Project based fundraising
New and improved outreach materials and strategies
More cooperation and training with local and state affiliates
More emphasis on outreach to young people
Improving diversity in LP membership
More interactivity and transparency in LP governance
Single check out for national, state and local membership
Maintaining left-right balance and a strongly libertarian platform
Taking greater advantage of volunteer resources
Improving database and data sharing standards
Running more candidates at all levels
Improving and expanding social media use by the LP
Learning and sharing past and ongoing successes and failures
415-690-6352 cell; call anytime, if I’m sleeping or busy I will call you back
*Because of the resignation of Wayne Allyn Root, there is now an opening for an At-Large Representative on the Libertarian National Committee. The candidates for the position have been asked to write a 2-page letter of why they would like to be on the LNC. They will be voted on at the next meeting, this November in Washington DC. IPR would like to feature the letters ahead of the meeting. This way, our readers can get to know about the choices and can take an opportunity to contact their Regional Reps and the Executive Committee of the candidate they’d like to see elected. Here is the post written by Geoffrey Neale, Chairman of the Libertarian Party, about the process for people to nominate themselves for the position.