From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) has existed starting in 1985. It is a loose coalition of nationally-organized minor parties and other groups that support fair play for independent candidates and minor parties. Recently the Prohibition Party re-joined the COFOE board. The other members are the Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Reform, and Socialist Parties; Fairvote; and CUIP.
The Prohibition Party had also been on the board in the past. COFOE obtains small donations from many individuals, and uses most of the money to help pay for lawsuits that benefit independent candidates, and sometimes lawsuits that benefit minor parties. Individual members of COFOE receive a free copy of Ballot Access News.
This year, COFOE donated $2,000 to the plaintiffs in the Alabama lawsuit that challenged the March petition deadline. If COFOE had more revenue, it could help more lawsuits. To see COFOE minutes of past annual board meetings, see www.cofoe.org.