Barr campaign seeks ballot access in West Virginia, off pace in fundraising from June

The following is from a (mass) email I just received from Barr deputy campaign manager Shane Cory.

I’m in Charleston, West Virginia attempting to get Bob Barr on the ballot. When I arrived early Wednesday morning, I didn’t think it would be possible, but I had to give it a shot.

We’re headed toward 48 state ballot access. Only West Virginia and Oklahoma are problems. However, there is hope in Oklahoma as we have just filed a lawsuit to get Bob Barr and Wayne Root on the ballot there.

If we win that case, only West Virginia will stand in our way of 50 state ballot access – an apex of achievement for a third-party candidate and something the media cannot ignore.

But here’s my problem.

There is no active Libertarian Party in West Virginia and a very limited pool of volunteers.

I have had to bring in out-of-state petitioners from across the nation to get this drive done.

So far I have 13 petitioners on the ground and another nine on their way.

I didn’t think we would have the manpower to get the drive done, but now I think it’s a possibility. I have enough petitioners in the state and on their way to collect enough signatures by our August 1st deadline.

But I won’t have the money to finish the drive if I don’t raise $43,000 by close of business on Monday.

Russ Verney, our campaign manager, wrote to me this morning and instructed me to shut down the drive if I cannot raise the funds by COB Monday.

So far this month, we’re raised less than $100,000. We’re even off pace from our June fundraising totals.

13 thoughts on “Barr campaign seeks ballot access in West Virginia, off pace in fundraising from June

  1. Mike Gillis

    The LP really needs to get a program going, like the one that Nader has with his Road Trippers.

    And considering that you’re starting from an easier starting line than Ralph, I can’t see why you can’t get on ballot lines like WV, when Nader is on track there without a political party to back him and while having to raise funds and volunteers for a greater number of ballot lines in OTHER states.

  2. Fred Church Ortiz

    Every time Shane Corey sends me something, it’s about how behind on cash on he is.

  3. paulie cannoli Post author

    Cory. No e in it.

    Of course it is about raising money. That’s what campaigns are supposed to do. However, it may be newsworthy that A) they are off pace from June and on the other hand

    b) they are trying in WV – which the LP previously wrote off. If they succeed in petitioning WV and the OK lawsuit, they could still be on the ballot in every state. As far as I know, no other party/candidate is even attempting to do that this year.

  4. G.E.

    Mike Gillis – The LP’s only program is to pay off the LPHQ’s friends and blackball qualified Libertarian petitioners. They don’t want to get on the ballot in states where it means they won’t have to do a petition drive next time.

    It is a very efficient program through which some criminals become decently wealthy.

  5. Steve LaBianca

    I didn’t call for Cory’s head in late April, just to cave into he and his conservative candidate’s ballot access woes.

  6. paulie cannoli Post author

    Well, yes. It’s a time worn fund raising technique to create a sense of urgency.

    On the other hand, I happen to think it is not the best method, especially when it is used frequently by the same organization.

    In my view, most fund raising should focus on positive achievements and setting expansion goals.

  7. Gregg Jocoy

    paulie…

    I know nothing of LP or LP candidate’s fundraising drives of the past, other than to note that they seem to more successful than Green Party efforts, but I have read Viguerie’s book “America’s Right Turn” and in that book he and David Franke said that an eight page solicitation, with photographs to replace 1000 words, is more effective than a one or two page solicitation.

    Of course much of the fundraising of the right as represented by Viguerie has used fear to raise cash. Not exactly what you’re suggesting paulie.

    I think that an urgent and positive message about the future that is long enough to persuade, graphically eloquent, and moving to the emotions in a positive way could bring us untold income.

    Or, is that fundraising from the past?

  8. darren

    paulie is right. Urgency brings in cash. Rosy letters tell donors that others will step up for them. Even the off-pace claim could be overstated.

  9. Fred Church Ortiz

    “Russ Verney, our campaign manager, wrote to me this morning and instructed me to shut down the drive if I cannot raise the funds by COB Monday.”

    Urgency, good.

    “We’re even off pace from our June fundraising totals.”

    We’ve lost momentum and they’re making me handle this shit! HALP!

    Specifically, what I was thinking back to was the last, or maybe second to last, solicitation I received from Shane Cory. IIRC, Cory informed me in ALL CAPS on abrasive colored paper that the high quality color tabloid annual report only pulled in a fraction of the the amount it was expected to. This was before Gregg mentioned:

    “I have read Viguerie’s book “America’s Right Turn” and in that book he and David Franke said that an eight page solicitation, with photographs to replace 1000 words, is more effective than a one or two page solicitation.”

    …which suddenly puts the whole damn thing into another perspective.

  10. George Phillies

    Barr on the ballot in Massachusetts requires successful litigation. The Secretary of State here appeared from our perspective to change his position on whether substitution was allowed, after saying before the convention that it was allowed, and the LNC chose to continue collecting signatures with the candidates with whom we had started, rather than restarting with Barr/Root. Litigation is always a problem.

    New Hampshire had a month to collect 3000 valid signatures.

  11. George Phillies

    I should clarify that last sentence:

    The LNC petitioners in New Hampshire had a month from when they started collecting, which according to one of them was in early July. The LNC could have started collecting in New Hampshire in late May as soon as the convention choice was known.

  12. TheOriginalAndy

    The LP could have started petitioning in West Virginia months ago as well. They could have started petitioning in Oklahoma back in 2007.

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