Nebraska Libertarian Party begins ballot access petition drive

Posted at http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/nebraska-lp-begins-ballot-access-petition-drive

from the Libertarian Party of Nebraska:

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEBRASKA MOUNTS BALLOT INITIATIVE
Party Begins Petition Drive to Regain Ballot Access in Nebraska

OMAHA – April 3, 2010—Libertarian Party of Nebraska (LPNE) Chairman Gene Siadek issued the following statement concerning the Party’s petition initiative:

“The two-party system has failed to produce liberty-centered results at any level of government. Not only have the two biggest parties failed to represent citizens, they have essentially morphed into one party, further limiting the peoples’ representation in the political process. The “Red” and “Blue” parties have basically become one “Purple Party.” And purple is the color one turns while being suffocated. It seems the only recognizable difference between the two entrenched parties is in which special interest group benefits from their time in office.

“We believe Nebraskans deserve a choice, a real choice, in who represents them at the local, state and federal levels. For that reason, today we begin our petition drive effort to re-establish Nebraskans’ right to register and vote as Libertarians.

“We are focused on regaining the right to have our candidates on ballots, in allowing Nebraskans to register as Libertarians, and ultimately in gaining seats at the local, state and national levels to further the cause of freedom.”

Nebraska law does not make it easy for third parties. The state requires thousands of signatures to be gained through very strict petition regulations.

“We believe the Nebraska petition law is written to keep the voices of the people silent. Although the law is currently being challenged, we will move forward under the current restrictions to enable Nebraskans to have the option to register as Libertarians in 2010 and beyond.”

Nebraskans were able to register and vote “Libertarian” in 2008 but the Secretary of State removed this option from the registration process in 2009. Currently, Nebraskans only have the option to register as “Republican,” “Democrat,” or “Nonpartisan.”

“The prohibition against registering to vote or running for political office as a Libertarian in Nebraska limits the right to free speech at a minimum and, it potentially inhibits citizens’ ability to elect a representative government.

“We gladly take on this responsibility to regain ballot access for all Nebraskans. While we realize it is going to take a lot of work and many volunteers, we are committed to re-establishing Nebraskans’ rights to register and vote as they choose.

“One doesn’t have to be a Libertarian to appreciate the right of the people to have their voices heard.

10 thoughts on “Nebraska Libertarian Party begins ballot access petition drive

  1. Andy

    I hope that no paid petitioners get ripped off this time. The last time there was a Libertarian Party petition drive in Nebraska myself and 3 other petitioners were ripped off by a Libertarian Party fundraiser (Scott Kohlhaas – who actually lives in Alaska) with the help of Dan Wilkinson. Scott Kohlhaas violated the terms on his contract and paid himself his projected commission and then ran away from the project even though the petitioners had only been paid a small percentage of the money owed. Kohlhaas never made good on his contract and the LNC ended up bailing him out months later (Note that everyone on the LNC is on the Libertarian Party donors list, as is everyone else who has ever donated money to the Libertarian Party. Scott Kohlhaas has the donors list and IF he had been doing his job those were all people from whom he could have solicited donations himself.). I left Nebraska being owed $10,000 (note that I paid 2 other petitioners out of my own pocket after Kohlhaas had assured me that I’d be paid in full a week later) and another petitioner left Nebraska being owed $4,000. We did not recieve the majority of the money we were owed until 10-11 months after the work was done. We were also promised an interest penalty/bonus due to the money being unreasonably late and we never recieved this.

    This is documented in the LNC meeting minutes from July of 2007. Scroll down to pages 14 & 15.

    http://www.lp.org/archives/lnc20070721.pdf

    It should be pointed out that Scott Kohlhaas was SUPPOSED to raise money to pay for the petition drive, and the arrangement was SUPPOSED to be that for each week of fundraising that he did that 40% of the money went to pay him his commission and that the remaining 60% of the money went to pay the petitioners. What happened was that Kohlhaas paid himself around 90% of the money and then ran away from the project, leaving the petitioners – whom he strung along for months with false promises that the money was about to come – unpaid for months. The work was done in October & November of 2006 and we still hadn’t been paid the majority of the money in March of 2007. There was a conference call on March 10th of 2007 which included members of the LP of Nebraska, Bill Redpath, Scott Kohlhaas, myself, and the other petitioner that was owed money. During this conference call Scott Kohlhaas it became obvious that there was some “funny business” going on with the money between himself and Dan Wilkinson (and note that Kohlhaas came to Wilkinson’s defense during the call), but even so Kohlhaas reiterated his promise to pay us. After the March 10th conference call Scott Kohlhaas stopped returning our phone calls and what little money was trickling in stopped shortly after this. As I refered to above, there was a round-the-room fundraiser at the LNC meeting in Pittsburg in July of 2007 and this was where the rest of the money came from to pay us, however, it should be pointed out that we didn’t actually get the money in hand until September 1st of 2007, 10-11 months after the work was done!

    Scott Kohlhaas clearly violated his contract and engaged in fraud. Now one would think that after violating his contract and engaging in financial fraud that Kohlhaas would be blacklisted, but was he? No! In fact, I investigated the Federal Election Commission reports at http://www.FEC.gov (click the link that says electronic filings and then do a search for Libertarian Party and you can read the reports from 2007-2008 for yourself to confirm what I’m saying) and it turns out that Scott Kohlhaas was on the LNC’s payroll during most of the time that he owed us money and well after that. He was getting paid $5,000 per month! That right, the LNC was paying this lying, crooked, con-artist $5,000 per month even though they KNEW that he had committed fraud in Nebraska.

    I tried to bring this up at the LNC meeting in Nashville, Tennessee last December as I wanted to know why a political party which has a membership oath against the initiation of force and fraud had a guy on their payroll who clearly engaged in fraud but I was “gaveled” by Chairman Redpath. I suppose that it’s not OK to talk about corruption in the Libertarian Party. If the Libertarian Party can’t keep its own house clean then how in the hell should people expect it to clean up government? This is a perfect example of why the Libertarian Party doesn’t get anywhere.

  2. paulie Post author

    Actually, Scott was promoted to national ballot access coordinator of the LP in 2008.

    He also just managed the recently completed ballot access drive in North Dakota. I’m not sure whether he is involved with the current project in Nebraska, but there is a good chance that he is.

  3. Donald Duck

    Scott Kohlhaas is a true American hero and a real Libertarian. We need more like him.

  4. He is a Doctor of Spin ??????????? [Lake]

    4 responses so far ?
    1 Andy // Apr 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    “I hope that no paid petitioners get ripped off this time. The last time there was a Libertarian Party petition drive in Nebraska myself and 3 other petitioners were ripped off ……….”

    ———- and how is Alabama’s Steven [TPW] Gordon doin’ on that replacement of ‘Hammer of Truth’ ???????????? Lot’s of happy happy there too! Libertarian leader ship, loney dishonest white males ………

  5. P

    So…stupid question.
    I just moved to Nebraska; should I expect to not see any opportunities to vote third party in 2010?

  6. Andy

    “He also just managed the recently completed ballot access drive in North Dakota.”

    That’s a very loose use of the word “manage” in reference to that petition drive in North Dakota. What Scott Kohlhaas did was raise money for the petition drive via telephone from his home in Alaska (anyone who would donate money to this con-man is a fool). Darryl Bonner and his mother went in and gathered the signatures. They turned the signatures in to somebody in the Libertarian Party of North Dakota. I would say that Kohlhaas “managed” anything.

    “I’m not sure whether he is involved with the current project in Nebraska, but there is a good chance that he is.”

    I would think that nobody in the Libertarian Party of Nebraska would want to have anything to do with Scott Kohlhaas considering the mess that he caused there the last time. I know that some of the same people still hold positions in the party there, and I know that these people know that Kohlhaas engaged in fraud. If Kohlhaas has somehow weaseled his way back into a deal with the LP of Nebraska after what he did the last time then this party is even more screwed up than I thought it was.

  7. Andy

    Whoops…. This should read, “I would not say that Kohlhaas ‘managed’anything.”

  8. paulie Post author

    Donald Duck,

    Scott Kohlhaas is a true American hero and a real Libertarian. We need more like him.

    And that goes double for Sean Haugh ….

    Neat!

    I didn’t know ducks could fit their entire head and neck up their ass.

  9. Randy Eshelman

    Hello folks. My name is Randy Eshelman and I’m kinda new to the LP in Nebraska. I’ve served as the LPNE Communications Director since 2008 and would be very interested in hearing your comments on our effort. I don’t know the history of the petition drive in previous years but, I’ve heard some stories…I can tell you as of of right now, we are going it alone. We have no paid petitioners, only volunteers. That probably won’t answer the mail though…shoot me an email at commdirector@lpne.org.

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