In a recent fundraising letter Our America Initiative (OAI) claims:
“The Commission on Presidential Debates has an exclusive contract with the news media to monopolize presidential general election debates . . . The debate commission is actually a private organization . . . created by the Republican and Democratic national committees — for the mutually beneficial purpose of creating the impression that their candidates are the only real choices for President of the United States.” Source: OAI fundraising letter available HERE
OAI claims it is refiling its lawsuit, which was initially filed in California on behalf of VP Candidate Judge Gray, in Washington, DC.
A fundraising appeal indicates $30,000 is needed within the next two weeks (March 15) to fund the filing of this appeal.
OAI seeks a judicial ruling requiring that only one prerequisite be required for inclusion in the 2016 US Presidential debates, namely: “qualifi(cation) for enough states’ ballots to be elected in the Electoral College.”
Prior to 1988 several Presidential Debates were organized by the League of Women Voters. On 3 October 1988 the League declared (what has become, in essence, the current CPD process) a “fraud.” In a press release titled “League Refuses to Help Perpetrate a Fraud.” league President Nancy M. Neuman was quoted as saying:
“the candidates’ organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”
Those wishing to contribute financially to OAI’s latest legal challenge may do so HERE:
Those wishing to sign a petition calling on the CPD to “allow more than two major party participants in the national Presidential debates” may do so HERE
Prior IPR coverage of CDP lawsuits includes: