Likely delegates to the Libertarian Party’s 2010 national convention are, around this time, receiving a “snail mail” letter from Christopher Barber, a Georgia LP activist and member of the national LP’s platform committee.* Excerpt:
When you and I joined the Libertarian Party we proudly signed this statement:
“I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.”
Regretfully there are a few who sign this oath and do not honor it. One of those few is a man running for chair of our party: George Phillies.
Last year, George Phillies secretly filed a criminal complaint against the Libertarian National Committee, using as his weapon laws that Libertarians adamantly oppose — Federal Election Campaign Laws. That’s right! — McCain-Feingold.
As one might expect, the letter goes on to argue that Mr. Phillies does not deserve delegate support as a candidate for chair of the Libertarian National Committee. For a scanned PDF of the entire letter, click here.
Enclosed with the letter are copies of Mr. Phillies’s complaint letter to the FEC, and the FEC’s notification to LNC treasurer Aaron Starr that the complaint has been dismissed. All documentation related to the complaint and investigation are available via the Federal Election Commission’s Enforcement Query System. That system doesn’t seem to generate permalinks — to reach the documentation, check the “Matters Under Review” box and enter “6209” in the “case number” field.
* Two copies of the mailing arrived at my St. Louis address today, May 20th, 2010. One was addressed to me, the other to my spouse, Missouri Libertarian Tamara Millay. While I can’t know the identity or origin of Barber’s mailing list, both Tamara and myself have served as LP national convention delegates in the past (my last national convention was 2008, hers was 2004). My reasonable speculation is that the mailing list in question was generated from past delegate lists, which are freely available to LP members from LPHQ.