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Tea Party qualifies for Florida ballot

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Tea Party Qualifies for Florida Ballot

November 7th, 2009

On November 6, the Tea Party qualified as a party for the Florida ballot. It should not be confused with the Boston Tea Party, which was already a ballot-qualified party in Florida. See this story.

It is very easy for a group to qualify itself in Florida. Florida now has 32 qualified parties. The vast majority of them have never run a candidate for anything, because (except for president) the filing fees for candidates are so high.

8 Comments

  1. Ralph Swanson Ralph Swanson November 8, 2009

    Sorry, but filing fees in Florida are in general fairly low. Additionally, one can run by petition and there is financial hardship exception.

    Someone running for State House might pay $700 or get 1000 signatures.

    Most of the Florida parties are protest parties or have a legislative agenda. There is even a party to protest protest parties, or was.

  2. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder November 8, 2009

    I think $700 is a lot for a filing fee. Perhaps the scope of one’s family budget and one’s campaign makes things relative.

    Putting it in the perspective of the economy in Florida, and what working people or poor people might make for a living, $700 seems like a barrier. And, the 1,000 petitions cost money to make and collect, too. It is not an easy proposition in my opinion.

    I guess it is good to have a financial hardship exception. But, often, having to prove something like that opens up privacy issues. And, that would be even more sensitive for a candidate.

    I wonder what a reasonable filing fee would look like? Just enough to make sure someone is serious? Also, what are filing fees in other states?

  3. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder November 8, 2009

    P.S. A $700 filing fee is harder for a candidate, like Green Party candidates, who do not accept any corporate contributions. It means that it has to come from your own pocket, or other citizens (not a business).

  4. libertariangirl libertariangirl November 8, 2009

    $700?? geez that is alot . Its only $100 for State assembly and state senate and I think $200 for Congress and Senate in Nv

  5. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution November 8, 2009

    I’ve heard that there are more Tea Parties in other states. Is that true? And does anybody have a website for the party?

  6. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder November 8, 2009

    Answer re: comment #5/TPR:

    I am not sure the final outcome if anyone got the “Tea Party” ballot line in the general election in Long Island, NY. But, people tried. Here is a post Ian and I wrote about the Suffolk County elections:

    http://wilderside.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/2009-suffolk-county-elections/

    —Kimberly went to the Suffolk County Board of Elections and filled out some Freedom of Information (FOIL) requests. One excellent set of papers she was able to get was a draft list of candidates.*

    One of the most interesting items is that several candidates are listed under The Tea Party. Tea Parties have been demonstrations, portrayed as being grassroots, railing for reform, against taxes and against Obama. Though, with Tea Parties, there have seemed to be many connections to national right wing groups, and to Republicans. And, as a matter of fact, in Suffolk County, most of The Tea Party candidates are regular old Republican candidates. In fact, Thomas Barraga has filed for The Tea Party line, even though he is the incumbent, in the Suffolk County Legislator in District 11 race. (And a a former Assemblyman, and a legislator again before that. Hardly a bastion of change. -ISW)

    People are filed under The Tea Party line for the Town of Islip races, and the following Suffolk County Legislative races in the Islip area: Districts 8, 10, [and Barraga in 11th see above]. (It seems like a desperate move by a failing Islip Republican Party to get some support. -Ian) —

  7. charlie klein charlie klein November 9, 2009

    THE TEA PARTY MUST BE CAREFUL OR THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO IMPLODE THE MOVEMENT. I believe they were instrumental in the Reform Parties problems. CANDIDATES MUST SIGN A PLEDGE AND GUARANTEE THAT THEY WILL UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, AND REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, NOT THE SPECIAL INTERESTS.
    and must denounce any political ties they have with any contributor or lobbyist before I would ever consider voting for them.

    ALL TRUE TEA PARTY PARTICIPANTS SHOULD INFORM THEIR CONTACTS OF ANY CANDIDATE WHO IS A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN.

  8. mdh mdh November 14, 2009

    $700 is fairly high as a filing fe alone, but when you consider that it puts you on th bqllot without needing signatures, it is xtremely low comparatively.

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