Libertarian Party Monday Message: Feds, stop harassing the Campaign for Liberty!

Libertarian Party Monday Message:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The Federal Election Commission is harassing and maybe even threatening to silence the Campaign for Liberty.

This is an attack on free speech and an attack on another organization working to promote freedom.

The Campaign for Liberty was founded by Congressman Ron Paul after his 2008 presidential campaign as a way to continue organizing the grass roots activists who helped that campaign. Although Congressman Ron Paul holds office as a Republican, he’s often ostracized by his party’s leadership for holding libertarian views. He’s also a Lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, and he was the 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee.

I’m glad when Ron Paul is willing to ignore party allegiance to fight for principles of liberty.

I personally don’t think our freedoms will be secure until government is seen as the problem, and a majority of Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and others are fighting over the best and fastest ways to dismantle government programs. So I’m not going to criticize or get in the way of people working through other organizations, when they’re working towards the same principles of liberty and limited government that the Libertarian Party supports.

And I sure don’t appreciate the federal government using its enormous power to silence dissent. I don’t know if the Campaign for Liberty broke any laws. Campaign finance rules are incredibly complicated, and they usually benefit incumbents. I’m against most of those unconstitutional laws in the first place. According to the Libertarian Party platform section 3.6: “We call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns.”

According to the Campaign for Liberty’s website: “Our mission is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.”

Additionally, their website states they neither support nor oppose candidates for public office, but they do put candidates on record and report their positions.

Who knows, maybe the Campaign for Liberty will be out there exposing hypocritical Democrats who support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hypocritical Republicans who vote for TARP bailouts and Medicare expansions. Perhaps some of our over 170 Libertarian Party candidates for U.S. Representative will benefit.

I sure hope so.

The Campaign for Liberty has a “Declaration of Support” page here. I plan to sign it. (Please note, the page asks for a donation after signing. I neither encourage nor discourage you from giving financial support to the Campaign for Liberty.)


Wes Benedict

Executive Director

Libertarian National Committee

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10 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Monday Message: Feds, stop harassing the Campaign for Liberty!

  1. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Does anyone know the real grounds upon which they are being challenged?

    CFL keeps saying they are under a gag order not to tell but I suspect the charges must have been published somewhere.

  2. Susan Hogarth

    I think the ‘gag order’ claim may be BS:

    To protect the interests of those involved in a complaint, the law requires that any Commission action on a MUR be kept strictly confidential until the case is resolved. These provisions do not, however, prevent a complainant or respondent from disclosing the substance of the complaint itself or the response to that complaint or from engaging in conduct that leads to the publication of information contained in the complaint. 11 Nevertheless, information about a Commission notification of findings or about a Commission investigation may not be disclosed, unless the respondent waives his or her right to confidentiality in writing.

    I think there’s a good chance there are some minor complaints, and C4L is milking them to energize and expand its base.

  3. Bryan

    It’s a little embarrassing that Wes did a Monday message on this…
    But it did appear on Alex Jones…so it HAS to be totally true…Right???

    I read the cforl “letter” exposing this…It was a “begging for bucks” fund raiser (“consider a generous donation of 10, 20, or 40…”).

    Also, one of it’s defenders provided this link, proving the FEC letter did exist.

    OMG…the sky is falling….the sky is falling

  4. George Phillies

    On one hand, in my opinion the complaint is quite substantial but may or may not be true as a complaint. The latter remains to be seen. On the other hand, the published letter would lead to a Matter Under Review, which takes a while to process.

    Susan Hogarth is correct, in my opinion, about the suposed gag order claim being bogus, though if you read the claim as meaning only that the Attorneys called for no public comments from their clients there would be a ‘can’t talk’ but no legally enforceable gag order.

    The claim presented to the LNC that the FEC is suing seems extremely unlikely to be correct. There is an extended administrative process, which from the date on that letter has just begun, before the FEC General Counsel would make any recommendation on further action.

  5. Matt Cholko

    So this looks like its about that non-endorsement endorsement ad that C4L ran with Buck. They said it was meant to convince candidates to take and return their C4L candidate surveys. However, the 30 second ad contained only a 2 second mention of the surveys and spent the rest of the time talking up Buck.

    Since that time, I have soured on C4L.

    Of course, my belief is that C4L should be able to do whatever they want, so I hope they can beat back the FEC.

    NOTE – I did not pay much attention to this whole thing when the controversy over the ads was hot, and its been several months since then, so my information should not be relied upon.

  6. Robert Milnes

    As far as I am concerned, anything Ron Paul does is unreliable because he is a counterrevolutionary.
    Therefore I would not endorse C4L or recommend contributing to it.
    The LP is similarly unreliable but there is a possibility it can be upgraded.
    The LP had an opportunity to nominate an anti-war progressive Gravel & form a fusion ticket Gravel Ruwart. Instead it nominated dixiecrat conservativr Barr and self described libertarian conservative Root.
    Root should be purged from party [positions & candidacy.
    I have endorsed NI4D.

  7. LP watcher

    Milnes needs to bring his hordes of supporters to an LP convention and he needs to join the LNC and make a difference. Oh, that would mean getting away from the keyboard and getting organized.

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