Theresa Amato, former Nader campaign manager, published in Harvard Law Record

from the HLR article bio:

Theresa Amato is a public interest lawyer and was national campaign manager and in-house counsel for Ralph Nader in 2000 and 2004. She, is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law, a former Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and an Institute of Politics Fellow at the Kennedy School.

from Ballot Access News
Harvard Law Record Carries Ballot Access Article by Theresa Amato
December 4th, 2009

On December 4, the Harvard Law Record carried this short article by Theresa Amato about the need for ballot access reform. Amato is the author of the recently-published Grand Illusion, The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny. [More about the book: here.] She was also Ralph Nader’s campaign manager in 2000 and 2004.

The article advocates that a federal standard for ballot access in federal elections be passed. Bills to establish such a standard have been introduced in nine sessions of Congress, although no such bill is pending in the current session of Congress. The lead authors have been, first John Conyers, then Tim Penny, and most recently Ron Paul.

The article notes that the very same publication, the Harvard Law Record, carried a somewhat similar article by Ralph Nader in 1958. [And shows that article.] Thanks to D. Eris of for the link. Anyone reads the article carefully may be surprised that Amato says Nader announced his presidential candidacy in three elections, which she lists as 2000, 2004, and 2008. She does not include 1996 because, even though Nader was the presidential candidate of the Green Party in 1996, he did not raise or spend as much as $5,000, so under the Federal Election Commission’s definition of “candidate”, for FEC purposes he was not a candidate in 1996. Of course most people wouldn’t use the FEC’s constrained definition and would say he was a candidate in 1996; he placed fourth, even though he was only on the ballot in 23 states in 1996.

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