Libertarian Party: ‘Best first quarter revenue in 10 years!’

Email from LPHQ:

Dear Paul,

You are a valued investor in our party and, as such, I wanted to update you on our current situation and upcoming projects.

Last weekend, the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) held their quarterly meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. At this meeting, they reviewed the first quarter and made plans for future growth.

The first quarter of 2017 was the best first quarter we’ve had in over ten years.

Indeed, our first quarter income beats 2007 and 2008’s numbers by more than 10%.

We are using the momentum we gained in 2016 to push forward aggressively. We have not throttled back since the election. Instead, we are working harder than ever to build towards 2018 and 2020.

Our party is on solid financial footing, we are paying down the debt we owe on our office, and spending strategically.

In this first quarter, we raised over $60,000 for the Building Fund which pays down our mortgage on our office building. We have now paid off almost half of the mortgage.

Also in this first quarter, we have raised over $50,000 towards our ballot access work. “Ballot access” means doing all of the things legally required for our candidates to be allowed to appear on ballots.

The LNC has budgeted $130,000 towards this work in 2017 to ensure that we can achieve ballot access in all 50 states plus DC in 2018.

Right now, we have a double matching opportunity where donations to the Ballot Access Fund will be tripled.

Double-matching opportunities such as this are very rare and we are delighted to have this opportunity. Completing this double-matching campaign will generate more than $100,000 of funds for this critical work and that is a high priority goal for this second quarter.

Also, we have maintained dues-paying membership above the 20,000 mark which is historically very impressive.

We are ramping up our efforts on many fronts, to grow our membership, to recruit lots of candidates, to reach out to lots of voters, and to make waves politically.

At the LNC meeting, leaders discussed adding two new staff positions:
Press Secretary and Candidate Support Specialist. These positions are important investments in laying the foundation for big things in 2018 and 2020. We will begin our search to fill these positions soon.

To make these positions a reality, we will have to expand this year’s budget by about $30,000.

As our Chair, Nicholas Sarwark says, “we are going to outmaneuver and outwork our opponents.” This is a long-run game that requires persistence and dedication.

Many thanks to you and the many other Libertarians who are so generous to the party. We ask for your continued and regular support as we build and grow.

If you have any questions about our work, please email me any time at lauren.daugherty@lp.org.

Lauren Daugherty
Head of Development

18 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: ‘Best first quarter revenue in 10 years!’

  1. NewFederalist

    “Weld is the reason for all this good news.” – Anthony Dlugos

    Really? How so?

  2. Andy

    “Anthony Dlugos
    April 20, 2017 at 12:49
    Weld is the reason for all this good news.”

    LOL!

  3. Andy

    Does this reflect the rate of inflation as well as population growth?

    “Also, we have maintained dues-paying membership above the 20,000 mark which is historically very impressive.”

    The LP had over 33,000 dues paying members back in 2000-2001. The population of the country has increased since then, yet the party has less dues paying members today than it did back then.

    The party is also WAY down in terms of number of elected Libertarians. Back in 2003 the LP had over 600 people elected to public offices. Today that number has dwindled down to 145, at it is all low level stuff spread out across the country.

  4. JT

    “And this is why, among many reasons why White supremacy perpetuates its own genocide.

    White supremacist Cucks are only brave enough to watch.”

    Exactly.

    [Edited for clarity by dL]

  5. Richard Winger

    Andy, back then, the California Libertarian Party ran lots of members for special district elections, the vast majority of which were uncontested. That is why there were so many LP members in public office.

  6. ATBAFT

    “Andy, back then, the California Libertarian Party ran lots of members for special district elections, the vast majority of which were uncontested. That is why there were so many LP members in public office.”
    And they don’t anymore because….? Did they find those kinds of positions had absolutely no way to promote libertarian ideas or what? By the same token, isn’t Kathleen O’Brien of Calif., now the recognized longest serving Libertarian in the nation – thirteen years or so and counting – in one elected position? She deserves some kind of recognition.

  7. Andy

    “Richard Winger
    April 20, 2017 at 20:59
    Andy, back then, the California Libertarian Party ran lots of members for special district elections, the vast majority of which were uncontested. That is why there were so many LP members in public office.”

    Yes, I remember back when the LP of California was running lots of candidates. I was there. I even helped make some phone calls to recruit candidates. The LP of CA has gone downhill since then.

    This does not explain everything though. Going from over 600 elected Libertarians 14 years ago down to 145 today is not just because of the decline of the LP of CA. The LP has declined nationally when it comes to electing people to office. It is not like the 145 people that the LP has elected to office today were elected to high level offices either, it is still low level stuff, and spread out across the country.

    This is not a sign of progress. Since the LP had over 600 people in elected offices 14 years ago, if the party were progressing, we should have over 1,000 elected Libertarians today.

  8. Steven R Linnabary

    Andy-

    The problem here is that there really isn’t anybody that collects the information, on the state or national level. And it is a huge task. Even 14 years ago the state lists (if they existed) and the national lists were wildly different, with the same approximate numbers but populated by different people.

    PEACE

  9. Cody Quirk

    “The LP of CA has gone downhill since then.”

    I think the Top-Two primary system they have in place there has greatly contributed to that; it effects more then just the elections themselves.

  10. paulie Post author

    ——– Forwarded Message ——–
    Subject: Ballot Access Drive Update & LNC Request
    Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:41:43 -0400
    From: Jess Mears
    Organization: Libertarian National Committee
    To: Wes Benedict
    CC: Lauren Daugherty

    Wes,

    The ballot access fundraising drive hit the 30k mark last night and we
    would love to close it out today. A post on Facebook went live at
    noon EST on 4-21-17. It would be great to have the LNC members share
    this post on their social media pages to help get the word out. We
    are $3,646 away from finishing the fundraising drive. I have attached
    the graphic that can be shared and the donation page is
    http://www.lp.org/ballotfund. If you could please send this request to the LNC members via the forum, it would be much appreciated.

    Thank you!

  11. Anthony Dlugos

    lol, Tony from L.I.

    I figured I’d compliment Weld to REALLY draw his ire!

  12. paulie Post author

    Published by Jess Mears · 3 hrs ·
    UPDATE:
    The Libertarian Party ballot access fundraising drive is $1,126 away from our goal of raising $33,400.
    Each dollar you contribute is matched twice thanks to two matching donors.
    Your gift of $25 becomes $75
    Your gift of $100 becomes $300
    Your gift of $250 becomes $750
    We are asking for your help in raising the final $1,126 before midnight tonight.
    Please join in today in helping the Libertarian Party secure ballot access in all 50 states in 2018.
    http://www.lp.org/ballotfund

  13. Thomas L. Knapp

    “The LP had over 33,000 dues paying members back in 2000-2001. ”

    Yes, the LNC was able to puff up its number of newsletter subscribers with the better part of a decade of scammy direct mail that didn’t even end up paying for itself due to the high “churn” (non-renewal) rate.

    It’s like those companies that invest their advertising (LP version — “recruitment”) money on promoting the “special edition one ounce gold coins” for 1/20th the cost of an ounce of gold (fine print: They’re junk alloy electro-plated with an ultra-thin layer of gold). They make money hand over fist from first time customers, but there aren’t nearly as many second sales. “There’s a sucker born every day” is a workable revenue model for one-off sales, but not for continuing customer loyalty. And when you stop sending out those hokey mailers, even the one-time sales drop off.

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