Update on Augustus Invictus criminal allegations and retraction of censure from Florida LP; possible disaffiliation by LNC floated

Since my last update:

1. The LPF retracted last year’s censure of Augustus Invictus. The new press release reads:

Statement Regarding Augustus Sol Invictus

The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) has conducted a review of a press release regarding Augustus Sol Invictus that was published on October 5th, 2015, and has concluded that it exceeded the mandate of the executive committee as discussed in its monthly meeting on October 4th, 2015.

The LPF, in accordance, has withdrawn this press release. Further, two items regarding “eugenics” and “state-sponsored murder” are mentioned in the press release. For example, “unwillingness to reject eugenics”, “call for eugenics”, and so forth.

Upon review of current information, the LPF concluded that Mr. Invictus, has on at least one occasion before the press release and several times after, disavowed government eugenics programs. And the item of “state-sponsored murder” is ambiguous.

Finally, the LPF would like to note that Mr. Invictus has always been a member in good standing, is a past Chair of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, a sponsor of the 2016 and 2017 LPF State Conventions, as well as a dedicated volunteer on the Legislative Review Committee.

Char-Lez Braden, Chairman of the LPF

Sole LPF executive committee dissenter, Paul Stanton, who defeated Invictus for the party’s US Senate nomination last year by a 74%-26% margin, responded via facebook:

One would think that issuing a positive press release about a neo-nazi (who’s calling for violence against Muslims) would be a poor idea, especially when he’s in the news for allegations of rape and domestic violence – and during an escalation of the war in Syria.

Some members of the Florida LP as well as some party officers from other states around the nation are now calling for wholesale replacement of the Florida LP exec comm at the state convention May 5-7 or disaffiliation of the Florida chapter by the Libertarian National Committee. According to one commenter from Nevada, that state affiliate will ask the national organization to disaffiliate Florida as soon as next week’s LNC meeting in Pittsburgh. Andy Craig of Wisconsin writes:

Utterly and completely shameful. I fully support disaffiliating the Florida party unless and until their catering to Fascists is overturned.

2. Augustus Invictus has outed the alleged victim as his ex-fiancee Victoria Rice. Ms. Rice has been asked for comment but has not yet replied. If she does I will include it in the next update.

3. Her friend Alexandria Brown, who is crowdfunding for legal expenses in a looming legal battle with Augustus Invictus, did issue a public statement:

I have been given no reason to doubt the credibility of his former fianceé Victoria’s claims. However, I would like to be clear that the allegations about him are just that—allegations, regarding acts which I did not literally witness first-hand. I am, of course, free to report on the contents of a public record police report even if the contents turn out not to be true. We do have corroborative evidence; however, any corroborative evidence which currently exists does not include documentation of injuries, and no testimony of witnesses has yet been provided besides that of Mr. Invictus’ former fianceé. It will be possible, however, to subpoena Invictus’ ex-wife, as well as to contact Victoria’s phone carrier to attempt to recover photographs of her injuries, some of which persist to the present day—and regardless, I have no reason to believe that Victoria would misrepresent the truth.

Unfortunately, whether or not the allegations are true, Mr. Invictus has come away with the impression (or has pretended to come away with the impression) that I have helped to publish them out of a retaliatory motive. He claims that I was retaliating against him for exposing my activities as a webcam model, or for his reporting me to Social Security for fraud. This is misguided for two reasons.

Firstly, I have already been open with most of my good friends about my occupation as a webcam model: before any of these issues arose, I had just published an interview with sociology PhD candidate PJ Patella-Rey, who is writing a dissertation on sex camming. Also, Mr. Invictus has been claiming that I am a “prostitute.” I’d like to be clear that it would constitute defamation for him to say I am a prostitute, because that is not what I do—webcam modeling is legal, while prostitution is illegal. I am looking into the possibility of a countersuit for defamation on these grounds. Further, Victoria made her recorded statement to me well before Augustus had “exposed” our webcam modeling activities to her parents (an action for which she suffered no negative consequences).

Secondly, Mr. Invictus has no reason to believe I have committed Social Security fraud, unless the advice which his lawyer Mr. Michael Perenich gave me at a prior date (which I did not follow) would have constituted fraud. It is perfectly legal to work as an independent contractor and collect disability, and I have reported all of my financial information to the Social Security office. In addition, I was actually unaware of the fact that he had reported me for possible Social Security fraud until he told me in a letter from his lawyer, well after these allegations had already been made to me by his former fianceé.

I published these allegations in good faith as a domestic violence survivor myself—out of concern for the safety of Mr. Invictus’ former fianceé, and because I believed that the allegations were an important matter of public concern. I did this without any malice or desire to retaliate against Mr. Invictus, whom I have considered a very dear friend. I am frankly heartbroken about these allegations, as well as about the toll that this entire situation has taken on everyone involved. I continue to care about Mr. Invictus’ well-being, and I condemn any threats of violence which he may have endured as a result of these allegations coming to light. I would like to utterly reprove the notion that these allegations are grounds for compromising the safety and well-being of Mr. Augustus Invictus and his family; I wish him the best of luck in dealing with his clearly severe mental illness, as well as with the allegations that have arisen; I hope that he is able to take responsibility for his actions and restore stability to his life; however, I will never retract my statements and I think that the project of healing which Victoria must now undertake to move on with her life is absolutely equally or more important.

Lastly, we continue to need to raise funds as Augustus has made it clear he intends to file a lawsuit. If you can contribute to our legal fundraiser, please consider doing so today.

Thank you all for paying attention to this unfolding saga, and thank you especially for your support. I could not do this without the support of my friends and community.

Best,
Alexandria Brown

4. Augustus Invictus’ close friend and LPF executive committee Ryan Ramsey, who one “Anonymous Insider” in IPR comments on the prior update says is allegedly a member of white supremacy and neo-nazi groups, published a lengthy blog post alledging a conspiracy against Invictus and his friends/followers by former LPF chair Adrian Wyllie, former LPF US Senate candidate Paul Stanton, Antifa, organizations of pedophiles, IPR owner Warren Redlich and myself (Paul Frankel).

5. While I am very tangential to this story, I will be responding to what I allege are numerous errors of fact regarding myself, Warren Redlich and IPR in this posting by Mr. Ramsey. Time and IPR guidelines about self-published editorials does not permit me to do so here but I will submit it to my fellow IPR editors later along with any statements we receive from the principals in the story in the meantime. In correspondence with Ms. Brown, she says Mr. Ramsey’s post defames her and Ms. Rice and “Victoria plans to file a second police report and seek an injunction as soon as is humanly possible.”

6. Some LPF members have told us that the reason why LPF voted to retract its condemnation of Invictus was the tens of thousands of dollars in legal retainers quoted by attorneys to defend a threatened defamation suit by Augustus Invictus, who as a public person has a high standard of proof in any potential libel litigation. However, our “anonymous insider” says there are other reasons:

Raquel Okyay, is press secretary for Invictus, and is a voting member of the LPF executive committee.

Ryan Ramsey is a close Invictus confidant and alleged member of white supremacy and neo-nazi groups. He is also a voting member of the LPF executive committee.

[…]

There other members who have close ties to Invictus, and are staunch supporters of his. The remaining members who oppose him are afraid to openly challenge him. Some have privately said they are afraid for their own safety.

Knowing that, it’s not surprising that they keep voting to appease him.

http://lpf.org/party/leadership/

7. https://www.facebook.com/augustus.invictus.3/videos/424491321217302/ Allegedly this video contains threats against two unnamed individuals and Paul Stanton. I haven’t watched it but those of you who care to do so can confirm or deny the threats. Former LP national executive director Shane Cory says he watched the video and his assessment is “No direct threats, just hyperbolic statements.” Other opinions welcome in comments.

8. One LPF member on FB in response:

I personally know one supporter of his and I won’t publically name them or what I’ve learned of them, for safety’s sake. I will say that anyone standing up against the goat fucker is brave and better be armed. He and all of his ilk are deranged and dangerous.

9.

Adrian Wyllie
April 5 at 8:19am

The video of Augustus Invictus’ appearance on the podcast “Sunshine Fascists” has been removed from YouTube, so I’m uploading it here. This video was originally uploaded to YouTube on April 3, 2017 by one of the show hosts, and was deleted on either April 4th or 5th, 2017.
Here’s here’s another mirror site to view or download the podcast: http://bit.ly/2p0UrSL

The video allegedly includes panel participants discussing killing LGBT individuals, Jews and Muslims. Invictus is no stranger to such appearances, having addressed the National Socialist Movement (of which he has allegedly been a member), numerous white nationalist radio shows and podcasts, etc.

See also:

Augustus Invictus: Letter to the People of Europe

Rose City Antifa report on Augustus Invictus visit to Portland, OR

FL: Augustus Invictus campaigns in front of white nationalist skinhead music banner

That’s all for now…stay tuned for further updates.

UPDATE Statement from Paul Stanton:

My statement is the same as its been.

No one should be surprised when someone actively calling for violence and subjugation against vulnerable people commits violence and subjugation against a vulnerable person. Those who are surprised should probably do some soul searching.

UPDATE Statement from Victoria Rice:

Thank you all for the support, I appreciate it more than words can describe. For the record the *only* reason Augustus has not been served with an injunction and the second report hasn’t been filled in the jurisdiction the events occurred is because I have spent the last 2 and a half weeks traveling for work. As soon as I return, I will be meeting with my lawyer, filling the second report and making my way down to the courthouse. What’s funny in all of this is that the people who were actually close to Augustus through out our relationship would know how controlling and manipulative he really is and how every incident he talked about, he left all the parts about what he did or said but in time that will all surface and everyone will know the kind of person he really is.

Once again, thank you for everything and I hope all of us can stand strong against him.

Let it be know that he really is not as powerful in the court system as he claims to be. So while he can be intimidating, I haven’t been overly stressed about the continuing and very unprofessional looking emails I’ve been receiving from his lawyer, and neither should any of you.

Thank you,
Victoria Rice

34 thoughts on “Update on Augustus Invictus criminal allegations and retraction of censure from Florida LP; possible disaffiliation by LNC floated

  1. paulie Post author

    UPDATE Statement from Paul Stanton:

    My statement is the same as its been.

    No one should be surprised when someone actively calling for violence and subjugation against vulnerable people commits violence and subjugation against a vulnerable person. Those who are surprised should probably do some soul searching.

  2. Richard Winger

    I am sorry that this is distracting Florida Libertarians at a time when the ballot status of the party is under severe threat from the well-funded supporters of top-two. Those supporters are busy arranging for their people to testify in favor of a top-two system, at various meetings of the State Constitutional Revision Commission that have been going on last week and the following weeks and months. All third parties in Florida need to fight back. Top-two in California resulted in California voter turnout declining between Nov. 2010 (before top-two existed) and Nov. 2014 more than any other state. California is the only state in which voter turnout rate in Nov. 2014 was less than 70% of what the rate had been in Nov. 2010. Also the Calif. top-two system resulted in 16% of the ballots in November 2016 being blank for US Senate, because there were only two Democrats on the ballot and no write-in space. Forces are needed in Florida to make the public aware.

  3. Andy

    I agree with Richard Winger. The LP of FL should focus on issues that are are of far more significance, like stopping Top Two Primary.

  4. dL

    Keeping nazis from taking over the LP is just as important.

    More important…otherwise what’s the point of a third party challenge

  5. Gene Trosper

    I agree with Paulie: stopping a Nazi takeover of the LP is just as important as stopping Top Two.

    Wait. Scratch that. Stopping a Nazi takeover of the LP is MORE important than stopping Top Two. If you allow the takeover to happen by focusing on Top Two, then congratulations: the voters of Florida will have the Nazi choice and the LP will be irreparably harmed.

  6. paulie Post author

    Top two is a form of fascism applied to electoral systems. Actual literal fascism is also of course a type of …fascism. Neither one should be tolerated in the LP or any of the states we have to run in.

  7. Andy Craig

    It can be both important to oppose Augustus and unfortunate that it is distracting from ballot access and opposing Top-Two.

  8. paulie Post author

    Likewise, ballot access barriers and top two are impediments to effectively resisting the institutionalized initiation of force, of which fascism is an extreme manifestation.

  9. Kevin S Bjornson

    Matt Hasty is active in the Florida LP. He’s also admin for FB pages “White History Month” (which promoted David Duke) and “The South was right”.

    Matt has also held various positions with the national LP. While he was chair of the Social Media Marketing group, he kicked me out of that group after I questioned him over his neo-confederate and antisemitic beliefs.

    He claims to have “learned his lesson” over the controversy after he posted a pro-Charles Lindbergh graphic on the LP FB page. What he really regrets is being caught.

    Similarly, he took down the David Duke link on the masthead of “White History Month” after I criticized him for that.

    Josh Barton is an Admin for the LP FB page, and openly admits several of their posts are “left leaning”. He categorizes critics of the left, as “conservatives” and claims admirers of Michelle Malkin almost certainly cannot be libertarians. Michell Malkin admirers are persona non grata, but David Duke supporters are OK to administer the national LP?

    The fish rots from the head.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    There’s actually a faction in LPF that’s in favor of Top Two for some reason. I don’t recall who all is involved and the arguments I heard from them made no sense at all, but that may end up being an internal battle as well.

    Top Two is a longer-range concern, though. The battle to bring the nationalist hijacking/hostile takeover attempt to an end will, in my opinion, be decided in the next 30-60 days.

  11. Andy

    Top Two Primary is a very bad thing for minor party and independent candidates. I am astounded that anyone who is an LP member would think it is a good idea.

  12. dL

    Josh Barton is an Admin for the LP FB page, and openly admits several of their posts are “left leaning”. He categorizes critics of the left, as “conservatives” and claims admirers of Michelle Malkin almost certainly cannot be libertarians.

    The fish rots from the head.

    Well, he is pretty much spot on. There is no way you can be an admirer of someone who published a book, “In Defense of Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror,” and call yourself a libertarian. Period. And it does not follow that pointing that out leads to embracing David Duke. Complete nonsense.

  13. paulie Post author

    Top Two Primary is a very bad thing for minor party and independent candidates. I am astounded that anyone who is an LP member would think it is a good idea.

    I find it astounding too, just like the idea some people have that fascism, nationalism and racism are compatible with libertarianism.

  14. TriCountiesLP

    Paul Stanton, keep fighting the good fight. Someday, your fellow Libertarians in the state will eventually wise up and vote out those neo-Nazi fascists who PRETEND to be Libertarian.

    Trust me – I’d be equally as pissed if this shit was pulled in Illinois.

  15. Thomas L. Knapp

    OK, the thing about Washington jogged my memory as to the argument the LPF proponents of Top Two made. IIRC, it went like this:

    In districts where our candidates would perform well in the general election, they could also perform well in a primary, the difference being that they would be much less likely to be splitting their votes with other members of the same party, and therefore more likely to make the top two cut and have a two-way general election race.

    I don’t buy it, but I think that was the argument.

  16. George Phillies

    “Top Two Primary is a very bad thing for minor party and independent candidates. I am astounded that anyone who is an LP member would think it is a good idea”

    Andy got that one right. It is also bad for major party candidates.

  17. paulie Post author

    UPDATE Statement from Victoria Rice:

    Thank you all for the support, I appreciate it more than words can describe. For the record the *only* reason Augustus has not been served with an injunction and the second report hasn’t been filled in the jurisdiction the events occurred is because I have spent the last 2 and a half weeks traveling for work. As soon as I return, I will be meeting with my lawyer, filling the second report and making my way down to the courthouse. What’s funny in all of this is that the people who were actually close to Augustus through out our relationship would know how controlling and manipulative he really is and how every incident he talked about, he left all the parts about what he did or said but in time that will all surface and everyone will know the kind of person he really is.

    Once again, thank you for everything and I hope all of us can stand strong against him.

    Let it be know that he really is not as powerful in the court system as he claims to be. So while he can be intimidating, I haven’t been overly stressed about the continuing and very unprofessional looking emails I’ve been receiving from his lawyer, and neither should any of you.

    Thank you,
    Victoria Rice

  18. Darcy G Richardson

    “I am sorry that this is distracting Florida Libertarians at a time when the ballot status of the party is under severe threat from the well-funded supporters of top-two. Those supporters are busy arranging for their people to testify in favor of a top-two system, at various meetings of the State Constitutional Revision Commission that have been going on last week and the following weeks and months. All third parties in Florida need to fight back.” — Richard Winger

    I agree wholeheartedly. Since the Libertarian Party is the only party among Florida’s ever-dwindling number of qualified minor parties likely to field a statewide ticket next year, if the question of Top Two “open primaries” makes its way onto the November ballot, I would strongly encourage the party’s gubernatorial ticket to make opposition to Top Two a centerpiece of their campaign. I would hope the major-party nominees would do likewise.

    The proponents of this sort of misnamed “open primary” ought to call it what it really is: a closed general election, a prominent feature of which will be general elections severely limiting voter choices, particularly in races featuring two candidates from the same major party — something that will almost certainly happen in countless state legislative and congressional races throughout this horribly-gerrymandered state. In November, voters will rarely have an opportunity to vote for a third-party or independent candidate, eliminating what has long been viewed as one of the most effective and meaningful ways to express one’s displeasure not only with the corrupt duopoly, but also with the status quo.

    Make no mistake about it. Top Two would be the death knell for third parties here in the Sunshine State.

    It’s important to keep in mind that for most of the twentieth century, Florida made it virtually impossible for independent or third-party candidates to appear on the statewide general election ballot for any office other than president. Incredibly, between 1924 and 1998 — the year Florida citizens overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment wiping out the state’s mandatory petition requirements and making ballot access considerably easier for minor parties and independent candidates — only one third-party candidate ever appeared on the November ballot in a gubernatorial or senatorial contest.

  19. Cody Quirk

    “I find it astounding too, just like the idea some people have that fascism, nationalism and racism are compatible with libertarianism.”

    Fully agree; they are the same “libertarians” that supported Trump over Johnson and were bashing the L.P. over it.

    However, patriotic nationalism in the Classical Liberal sense is quite compatible with Libertarianism.

  20. Andy

    “Cody Quirk
    April 10, 2017 at 00:36
    ‘I find it astounding too, just like the idea some people have that fascism, nationalism and racism are compatible with libertarianism.’

    Fully agree; they are the same “libertarians” that supported Trump over Johnson and were bashing the L.P. over it.”

    Johnson and Trump were both bad choices. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but in the unlikely scenario that Johnson actually won the 2016 presidential election, there is a good chance that we would not be any better off than we are right now, and we might even be worse off, from the standpoint that everything that the Johnson/Weld administration did wrong, would be blamed on the Libertarian Party and movement.

    Those of you who think that Johnson good, or at least better than Trump, remember that he said that he supports “humanitarian wars” (which leaves the door open for a lot of foreign military intervention, including what Trump just did in Syria), he increased state spending as Governor of New Mexico, and he more than doubled the state debt in New Mexico. One of his big “accomplishments” as Governor was privatizing some of the prisons in New Mexico, which means that corporate business interests got to profit off of the police state and the unfair court system. He said that he was for legalizing marijuana toward the end of his tenure as Governor, but during the 8 years he was Governor, he only pardoned 128 people, and these pardons came AFTER these people had already served their sentences behind bars. The Fair Tax plan that he wanted to implement is just as bad, or maybe even worse, than the income tax, and there is a very real possibility that if it came up in Congress while he was President, that we’d end up with BOTH the income tax and the Fair Tax. He supports the United Nations. He supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (which means that on this issue, he’s actually worse than Trump). He said that if he were elected President, he’d offer Mitt Romney a high level position in his administration, like Secretary of State.

    Even if you think that Johnson is better than Trump (which may, or may not be true), look at Johnson’s running mate, Bill Weld. Weld obviously had a lot of influence over Johnson, and Johnson even said that if he were elected President, Weld would be his co-President. Weld supported the war in Iraq, and the Patriot Act. Weld is also buddies with the Bush family and the Clinton family, and he’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which means that he’s a part of the ruling establishment.

    “However, patriotic nationalism in the Classical Liberal sense is quite compatible with Libertarianism.”

    Nationalism and libertarianism are not the same thing (although maybe one could make this argument if there was a libertarian nation, although it would not be a “nation” in the traditional sense of the word), but there are times when their goals can intersect. Getting out of the United Nations, and avoiding trade deals like the TPP are examples of nationalism intersecting with libertarianism.

    I’d rather have the US Constitution than the United Nations Charter.

  21. dL

    However, patriotic nationalism in the Classical Liberal sense is quite compatible with Libertarianism.
    However, patriotic nationalism in the any sense is quite incompatible with Libertarianism.

    FIFY

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  23. Jason Smith

    I do not know who your Nevada source is, however we, the L.P. Nevada Excom, have passed a resolution against fascism and affirmed our commitment to keep them out of our party and away from our events. We have no interest in getting the LNC involved, nor do we believe the L.P. Florida should be disaffiliated or have any National interference. We do hope Florida cleans their own house of this poison and the good people of Florida get their Party back. When a party gets some publicity and has some success, it attracts those who cannot build but still desire to use an apparatus for their selfish goals. We must remain active and steadfast against those who hate.

    Jason Smith
    Chairman Libertarian Party of Nevada.

  24. paulie

    Thanks Jason. My sources were Debra Payne in IPR comments and subsequently a post by David Colborne on your website.

  25. paulie Post author

    Specifically Colborne wrote

    Though my power is limited, I have already begun exercising what power I have, starting by voting in favor of a measure Jason Weinman, a dear friend of mine and pain in my neck by equal measure, put on the floor of the LP Nevada Executive Committee demanding disaffiliation of LP Florida. I did so enthusiastically and submitted a friendly amendment communicating that it is official LP Nevada policy for Augustus Invictus and his allies to be permanently unwelcome at all LP Nevada sanctioned events, which I expect to be approved as well.

  26. Jason smith

    Aha, this was written by David before the vote by the excom. That explains it. Thank you Wendy.

  27. Jason smith

    That is odd, Wendy is our legislative director in Nevada, and I was responding to a comment i saw from her. Maybe I am going nuts? Either way, she echoed your response about where it came from, and My answer can apply to both. Thank you Paulie,

    Jason

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