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Libertarian National Congressional Committee Announces Addition of Joe Sugarman to the Board

Email from Wayne Root to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

Wayne Allyn Root, the Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Commitee (LNCC) announced today the addition of legendary CEO, entrepreneur, and direct marketing expert Joseph Sugarman to the Board of the LNCC. Sugarman is the Chairman of BluBlocker Corporation, JS&A Group Inc., DelStar Publishing, and Stem Cell Products LLC.

After serving in the military as a member of the Army Intelligence Service, Sugarman later became a nationally recognized entrepreneur selling the world’s first pocket calculator, digital watch, and cordless phone. His company was the first in America to use 800 phone line services and take credit card orders over the telephone. His BluBlocker Corporation has sold over 20 million pairs of sunglasses through TV ads, infomercials and QVC.

Mr. Sugarman is also the recipient of numerous advertising and marketing awards over the years- including the Direct Marketing Man of the Year in 1979 and the Maxwell Sackheim award for his career contributions to direct marketing in 1991. Sugarman is also the author of six books on marketing, as well as the former Publisher of the Maui Weekly.

In recent years Mr. Sugarman has turned his attention to extending lifespan through the latest bio technology, peptide, and stem cell breakthroughs. He is now Chairman of Stem Cell Products LLC, offering to the public products based on decades of scientific research, including a skin care line that utilizes the signals from adult stem cells; a bio-available form of the anti-oxidant Glutathione that boosts the immune system; an endurance and focus drink; and an anti-addiction product providing cutting edge vitamins for the brain, thereby helping to reduce cravings for smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Root said of Sugarman’s addition to the LNCC Board, “I am so proud to add this legend of the business and marketing world to our Board. As Madison Avenue has proven for many decades, the key to the success of any product is marketing. The Libertarian political movement has just taken a giant step forward by having the greatest direct marketing legend in U.S. history on our team to help design and coordinate the marketing of the Libertarian message and candidates across this great country.”

Sugarman said, “My purpose in life is to leave a legacy of helping people live better lives. I’m doing that as Chairman of Stem Cell Products. But hand in hand with good health and longer life, is more economic and personal freedom. If Americans are going to live longer lives, I think those lives should be more prosperous lives. I believe we can create more freedom and wealth for Americans by electing Libertarian candidates who are fiscally conservative, creative, independent thinkers. I hope to accomplish that through my work with Wayne Allyn Root and the Libertarian National Congressional Committee.”

For more information about the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC) or to arrange interviews with LNCC Chairman Wayne Allyn Root, please contact:

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  1. Ralph Swanson Ralph Swanson July 21, 2010

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:XjiCGNSe0GoJ:www.usmilitary.com/3305/army-intelligence-enlisted-specialist/+%22army+intelligence+service%22&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    “You will work to protect classified data and information that is sensitive and time important. You will work for the Army Intelligence Service and you will be responsible for the intelligence …”

    This is more formally the Intelligence Command. Or so the Generals would have us believe.

  2. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 21, 2010

    Root has self described as a libertarian conservative.
    A conservative is not a libertarian.
    Ron Paul has be credibly found by libertarians to be a dixiecrat conservative.
    A conservative is not a libertarian.
    Ditto Bob Barr.
    Yet they have intricate ties to the LP esp. party leadership & candidacy positions.
    All this is extremey detrimental to the LP & the libertarian cause.
    The solution is to make it so that only a libertarian can be a party officer and/or candidate.

  3. Ralph Swanson Ralph Swanson July 21, 2010

    Army intelligence is so good no one knows it’s there.

  4. paulie paulie July 21, 2010

    46 BC, that’s my current assessment of Root as well.

  5. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 21, 2010

    wolfefan 41, my apologies, then. I misinterpreted your initial post.

    I share your assessment of Root’s positioning in the LP. Unfortunately, there seem to be 2 camps…Root can do no right and Root can do no wrong. I’m stuck in the middle with you 😉

    Some have suggested that he’s a self-absorbed charlatan who is trying to bootstrap his career as a pundit and author by using the LP. Could be, although his behavior doesn’t indicate that to me. His getting deeply involved in the LNC and LNCC would seem to be distractions if he simply wanted to use the LP to get on Fox News and talk radio.

    I’d not want to dissuade someone like Root, who I find rough around the edges but who is articulate and possesses boundless energy. But he could use some tough love, too…don’t we all!

  6. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 21, 2010

    rm: didn’t I see recently Tom K. address what Dr. Phillies did re: FEC to HIS satisfaction? Now if it passes Tom’s scrutiny, it probably passes mine. So why do you continue to harp on it?

    me: I have much respect for Knapp’s opinions; he’s generally fair-minded with those he disagrees with. He’s bought a fair amount of goodwill through his fair dealing. I seem to recall Knapp saying he would not have done what GP did, but that it was not unjustified, or somesuch.

    Can’t say I agree with that assessment.

    I think Phillies COULD be a fantastic asset for the LP. His narcing to the FEC is emblematic of dysfunctional behavior and thinking that blocks his way. I feel inspired to deliver him a wake-up call. Sometimes, tough love is indicated.

    It’s none of my business, of course. And I could be mistaken. We could all go and crawl into a cave and let the world go by, too, but that seems contra-indicated.

    GP’s explanation of said narcing lacked credibility, IMO…it felt like Nixon saying “I am not a crook.”

  7. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp July 21, 2010

    Don,

    Not only are USMC “medics” from the Navy, they’re not “medics” — they’re “corpsmen.”

  8. Thomas L. Knapp // Jul 20, 2010 at 3:05 am

    —–
    “After serving in the military as a member of the Army Intelligence Service…”
    Red flag alert. BIG red flag.
    —–

    Well, yes, but probably not for the reason you think.

    There’s no such thing as the “Army Intelligence Service.”

    The old United States Marine Corps recurit ment rouse: USMC ‘medics’ when ALL said medical services, doctors, nurses, every thing, is from Navy Land!

  9. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 20, 2010

    Robert Capozzi, didn’t I see recently Tom K. address what Dr. Phillies did re: FEC to HIS satisfaction? Now if it passes Tom’s scrutiny, it probably passes mine. So why do you continue to harp on it?
    If George, dedicated to the LP as he clearly is, had to resort to going to the FEC on a party matter, maybe we should look at the party more closely.

  10. wolfefan wolfefan July 20, 2010

    Hi Robert –

    I don’t see the disparity between the two posts that you do – the first one says that I assume that Root recruited him and someone else added him (with which you apparently agree) but that the actual text says otherwise (which you agree was written inartfully) and asks for clarification. The second repeats that I am not implying that Root personally added him, which is exactly what I wrote in the first.

    But now I’m the one getting defensive… never a good thing. 🙂

    As to my interest, I am an idealist at heart, which draws me naturally to third parties. I follow third party news, and most news on IPR is about the Libertarian party. I asked a question about Root since he’s probably the single best known LP member at this time and also probably the single most polarizing member. Some people think his work with the LP is motivated by libertarian principle, and others disagree. I have differences with Root, but they aren’t primarily about libertarianism; rather, they are more theological and not really germane to the LNCC or even the LP.

    As to motives, I just read something that raised a question in my mind and sought input from people who know more than me. I’m sorry if I implied any more than that.

    Thanks for your answers, and thanks to Dr. Phillies as well.

    Best wishes…

  11. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 20, 2010

    gp: Your [my] grammar as much else leaves much to be desired.

    me: Thanks, GP. Coming from the man who narcs to the FEC on his own party and remains to this day unrepentant about said narc-ing, I will take your counsel under deep advisement.

  12. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 20, 2010

    wolfefan 25: The release has Root saying he “is proud to add Sugarman” to the Board. I am assuming that this is shorthand for Root recruited him and some other body approved his addition, rather than what it actually says (that Root personally added him.)

    wolfefan36: I never said or even implied that Root personally added anyone to the committee.

    me: Based on the italicized passages above, you seem to’ve changed your story. As Chair of an organization, of course it seems highly likely Root was involved in recruiting and selecting Sugarman. As a start-up with almost no resources, there seems little documentation about the inner workings of the LNCC.

    You are quite correct that I don’t know — and no one else CAN know — what your motive and intent was for the initial posting. If you’re not in the LP, it seems odd to me that you’d be interested in a tiny, independent committee associated with the LP, but thank you for your interest.

    And, yes, thanks for the reminder to not be defensive…universally helpful counsel.

  13. George Phillies George Phillies July 20, 2010

    @37

    Thank you. The site is apparently being moved to 1and1.com, which I have used happily for many years. I have no idea why the wayback filings were overwritten with 1and1 publicity.

  14. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton July 20, 2010

    George Phillies wrote (@35):

    Of course, until recently you could have consulted the LNCC.org bylaws, but they have gone down and the obvious sources e.g. Wayback Machine have been blocked.

    I will email you the LNCC articles of incorporation and bylaws as of its founding in 2005. If they have been amended since then, I do not have those amendments.

    I transferred the domain name lncc.org to Alicia Mattson in trust for the LNCC last month because I no longer serve on the LNCC board. As she has not put the website back up yet, I assume she (or someone else at the LNCC) is in the process of updating the website.

    I have seen nothing to suggest the website going down is some grand conspiracy.

  15. wolfefan wolfefan July 20, 2010

    Hi Robert –

    Root’s release says what it says. It may be that what I quoted was inartfully put; that is what I asked. If you have information that can answer my question, I’d be glad to see it. It is a legitimate, genuine, non-snarky question.

    Contrary to what you said, I never said or even implied that Root personally added anyone to the committee. If you will read my comment again @25, I specifically said that my assumption was that Root recruited this guy and some other body added him. I am writing in ignorance; I have no idea who recruited him or who has the authority to add people to this committee. Is it some other group in the LP? Is it the committee itself? I genuinely don’t know.

    Please don’t be defensive; I’m not trying to attack anyone nor to imply anything. I’m not an LP member. I’m just asking.

  16. George Phillies George Phillies July 20, 2010

    Of course, until recently you could have consulted the LNCC.org bylaws, but they have gone down and the obvious sources e.g. Wayback Machine have been blocked.

  17. George Phillies George Phillies July 20, 2010

    @33

    Your grammar as much else leaves much to be desired.

    In “I am proud to add ” the ‘add’ is clearly something that the speaker did.

  18. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 20, 2010

    Nate, sorry, but no, that was NOT a direct quote. Root is not claiming he PERSONALLY added Sugarman in either passage. It was somewhat inartfully put to say “I am proud to add to OUR board.” I’ve indicated already that the release is not especially well done.

    If he’d said, “I am proud to that I added JS to my board,” or somesuch, I’d be apologizing right now.

  19. wolfefan wolfefan July 20, 2010

    Hi Robert Capozzi –

    No apologies necessary, whether they were forthcoming or not. We all screw up sometimes. And thanks, Nate, for catching it before I was able to check back.

    Thans also, Dr. Phillies, for your background. Does anyone else who posts here have direct knowledge or experience with this committee?

    Jeff

  20. LP watcher LP watcher July 20, 2010

    Looks the LP is growing up and dipping its toe into the mainstream politics. Heaven knows, we need an alternative choice.

  21. Nate Nate July 20, 2010

    Robert C,

    actually, what it says *and what wolfe was quoting* is:

    Root said of Sugarman’s addition to the LNCC Board, “I am so proud to add this legend of the business and marketing world to our Board […]”

    Perhaps you should read further than the first paragraph before handing out rude and obnoxious “constructive criticism” to people who *have* read the whole damn thing. How’s that for constructive criticism? 🙂

    And on a lighter note, that passage popped out at me for a completely unrelated reason: The paragraph directly before it talks about vitamins that help to “reduce cravings for smoking, alcohol and drugs.” So I at first thought that Root was talking about Sugarman’s *addiction* to the LNCC. 🙂

  22. phony jabronie phony jabronie July 20, 2010

    sheep dipping

    Milnes’ sexual fetish?

    Every lib & green should read The Age of Surveillance like I did in the federal correctional center library.

    Milnes must be a deep cover agent, he wants us all to be in the pen! LOL

  23. George Phillies George Phillies July 20, 2010

    You could consult their web site, which has their bylaws and membership requirements, but LNCC.ORG is currently blocked or taken down.

    And for the folks who were working on the negative ‘oppose Root’ rather than the positive ‘elect X’ as National Chair, you do realize that the LNCC and the LNC are legally independent, don’t you?

  24. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 20, 2010

    wolfe, actually what it says is:

    “Wayne Allyn Root, the Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Commitee (LNCC) announced today the addition of…”

    Unless my English skills are extremely challenged, it does NOT say what you suggest: “…Root personally added him….” What it DOES say is Root announced the addition of Sugarman.

    Sheesh!

    Now, having written many organizational announcements back in the day, I would say that this release is a bit non-standard. Generally, the organization announces an addition to the Board, and the Chair or President welcomes the additional board member, positioning the member’s strengths to the organization in a quote from the Chair or President.

    In my experience, Root detractors often ascribe motives and faux pas that are simply not there or are wildly inferred. Perhaps, Wolfefan, you are one of these.

    But maybe try this: Why not be fair, as you’d want others to be toward you? Offer constructive criticism where you find Root off-base; encourage him when you agree with him or feel he’s done a good job. Personally, I find the approach liberating!

    I just did that with you, and I’m feeling great!

  25. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 20, 2010

    Carolyn, you’ll find a definition if sheep dipping in The Age of Surveillance. Hint: it has very little to do with wool quality.

  26. wolfefan wolfefan July 20, 2010

    Question for LP folks here. The release has Root saying he “is proud to add Sugarman” to the Board. I am assuming that this is shorthand for Root recruited him and some other body approved his addition, rather than what it actually says (that Root personally added him.) Am I correct in my assumption?

  27. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 20, 2010

    Every lib & green should read The Age of Surveillance like I did in the federal correctional center library.

  28. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 20, 2010

    Maybe Wayne made a mistake with this letter. By being vague about military intelligence/ CIA service, he just piques curiousity. If he had not mentioned it at all, probably would have gone right through libs’ radar.
    Barr got a pass too.

  29. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 20, 2010

    I’m a bit surprised that there’s not been outrage from some quarters over this from Sugarman’s bio:

    “He was drafted into the Army in 1962, eventually living in Germany as a member of the CIA.”
    -http://www.joesugarman.net/

    I personally don’t have a problem with former CIA being in the LP or leadership. I appreciate that Sugarman will spend time and money, sharing his expertise with us. That he understands and is expert in marketing is something that’s sorely needed in the LP.

    His concept of “triggers” will interestingly unfold, as abolitionist Ls often go ballistic with the term “CIA.”

  30. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 20, 2010

    Well, Tom, let’s ask Wayne for clarification about what Army Intelligence Service means.

  31. constitutionalist constitutionalist July 20, 2010

    Army Intelligence Service = bad mojo. I wouldn’t be comfortable donating to LNCC without getting a full debriefing from this guy as to what his Army career entailed.

    vitamins = good mojo

  32. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp July 20, 2010

    —–
    “After serving in the military as a member of the Army Intelligence Service…”
    Red flag alert. BIG red flag.
    —–

    Well, yes, but probably not for the reason you think.

    There’s no such thing as the “Army Intelligence Service.”

    Nor, so far as I can tell, has there ever been any such thing.

    Bureau of Military Information, Military Intelligence Division, Military Intelligence Service, Special Branch, Army Security Agency, US Army Counter Intelligence Corps, Army Intelligence Agency, Army Security Agency, United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, yes.

    Army Intelligence Service, no.

    Maybe it’s another name for “Papal Knight.”

  33. Carolyn Marbry Carolyn Marbry July 20, 2010

    I hope the LNCC’s relationship with Joe Sugarman is mutually beneficial.

  34. George Whitfield George Whitfield July 19, 2010

    Thank you Joe Sugarman for helping us.

  35. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 19, 2010

    Carolyn, you just don’t get it.
    Their Danger Will Robinson alarm is ALWAYS on.

  36. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 19, 2010

    “After serving in the military as a member of the Army Intelligence Service…”
    Red flag alert. BIG red flag.

  37. Carolyn Marbry Carolyn Marbry July 19, 2010

    Milnes @10 said “I see no plausible reason for the government to NOT infiltrate/sabotage the LP.”

    I do. We’re simply not on their radar. We’re not important enough.

  38. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 19, 2010

    Here is the cast of characters again. Cohen, Starr Root & Milnes.
    Libertarians would be wise to find out what is going on.

  39. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman July 19, 2010

    Joe Sugarman was a speaker at the 1981 Libertarian National Convention in Denver, Colorado – the 10th anniversary convention of the Libertarian Party.

  40. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes July 19, 2010

    How long did it take to set up 9/11 by WHOEVER? It must have been years. These kinds of operations take years. Money. Supercomputers & thinktanks.
    What is by far the biggest political threat to the US govt? The LP with its consistently sufficient ballot access to win the presidency. & its fairly fulll downticket slate of ballot accessed candidates.
    The GP & CP have very insufficient ballot access comparitavely. Nader’s Independent ticket inm 2008 had enough ballot access to theoretically win, but no downticket slate. Such an Independent is rare. & his candidacy effectively split the Green vote.
    I see no plausible reason for the government to NOT infiltrate/sabotage the LP.

  41. Bruce Cohen Bruce Cohen July 19, 2010

    Robert, Mister Sugarmoon is actually a CIA plant. He has mind-reading transmitters secretly implanted in all the millions of sunglasses he sold on TV.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  42. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton July 19, 2010

    It’s good to see more libertarians with a record of business success involved in LP leadership.

  43. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson July 19, 2010

    Sounds like a good move to me. This should be a priority committee. One hundred candidates getting the word out can only help the process.

  44. paulie paulie July 19, 2010

    LNCC has potential, hopefully it will begin work on what the name implies.

  45. Aaron Starr Aaron Starr July 19, 2010

    This is actually a big deal.

    I remember Joe Sugarman’s JS&A catalogs from back in the 1970s. The man has a genius for copywriting. I own copies of two of his books. For those familiar with him, Sugarman is considered quite a pioneer in the field of marketing.

    As an added bonus, Joe Sugarman is a long-time Libertarian. I met him for the first time at the 2008 convention, where he was a delegate. I’m told that his name was floated as a possible LP VP candidate back in 1976.

  46. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson July 19, 2010

    So is he a Libertarian and what are his views on the issues?

  47. AroundtheblockAFT AroundtheblockAFT July 19, 2010

    Nice pick up. But “legendary?” Buffett, Trump, Welch, Chainsaw Al Dunlap are “legendary.”

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