Libertarian Party Monday Message: Candidates, Campaigns, Polls, Fundraising

Dear Friend of Liberty,

We have a great slate of over 800 Libertarian candidates for the upcoming November elections. Many of them are looking for more coverage on our website, in our emails, and in LP News. They want publicity, donations and help. That’s a good thing.

Unfortunately, there’s just too much information about our candidates for us to convey directly. And even though there are probably a hundred candidates around the country who would be happy to email all Libertarians nationwide each week, we know that you might not appreciate getting that much unsolicited email.

We have to rely on our state and local affiliates to provide announcements about the campaigns. I also encourage you to seek out candidates you might be interested in, and get more information. You can visit all 800 candidates listed here. Some of them have websites with email announcements you can sign up for.

Even though it’s impossible to give you a picture of what’s going on with all our candidates, I would like to pass along some notes about a few of this year’s campaigns. (The selection of campaigns is arbitrary, but hopefully interesting, even if you live in a different state.)

Chuck Donovan, running for U.S. Senate in Georgia, has produced and will be running a TV ad. His campaign points out the ad cost around $500 to produce and commercials can be run for surprisingly little, such as $26 on CNN.

Alexander Snitker, for U.S. Senate in Florida, released An Open Letter to the Tea Parties of Florida. Wayne Allyn Root mentions the Snitker campaign on "Captain’s America" radio show.

Curtis Harris is running "Against Congress" in Colorado.

Robert Nowotny is running for Texas State House, and is trying to raise $4,000 to robo-call his district. Texas icon Kinky Friedman has endorsed Nowotny and agreed to use his name and voice on the calls.

Mike Beitler continues to poll 6% for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

Norm Westwell is an elected school trustee in California running for City Council.

Bill Yarbrough is running for State Senate in Ohio and recently bought spots for his radio ad.

A recent Gallup poll says "Americans Renew Call for Third Party." Last weekend we offered to send 1,000 free door hangers to all 800 Libertarian candidates to assist their campaigns and to help make sure the LP grows. It’s just a small amount of help, but over 100 candidates have taken us up on the offer. Of course I hope that you will participate in this Quiz Across America door hanger effort to promote our candidates and party as well. That’s why we sent that additional Rush Order email this morning. Thanks for all that you are doing.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

P.S. If you have not already done so, please join the Libertarian Party. We are the only political party dedicated to free markets and civil liberties. You can also renew your membership. Or, you can make a contribution separate from membership.

35 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Monday Message: Candidates, Campaigns, Polls, Fundraising

  1. Robert Milnes

    Wes, just about all-if not all-your candidates are virtually certain to lose.
    Do you deny this?
    Are you in denial?
    Many-if not all-your candidates could win. IF you try PLAS.
    In the very least, calling a press conference about PLAS could do double duty as a fundraising occasion for your candidates.
    If most or all will lose, what harm could trying PLAS do?
    Any damage to ballot access would be temporary and acceptable.
    Any contradictory bylaws could be dealt with.
    Fear of revolution? Difficult problem.
    It’s either try PLAS or lose & wish you had-too late.
    It’s not too late to try.

  2. Mobert Rilnes

    What election will you be winning, Robert?
    Oh, that’s right, you’re broke, mentally ill, and not running for office in any capacity.
    Maybe you should run for local office and try PLAS, because no one here is buying what you’re selling.

    Roosevelt said in 1914: “I wish very much that the wrong people could be prevented entirely from breeding; and when the evil nature of these people is sufficiently flagrant, this should be done. Criminals should be sterilized and feeble-minded persons forbidden to leave offspring behind them.”

    Your love of TR is now understood, though still repugnant.

  3. Robert Milnes

    If you want to call depression mental illness, go ahead. I do not. In fact quite the contrary. I would be fine if it not were for our sick society. Sick society is making me sick. Therefore I have a VITAL interest in social revolution.
    & in contrast, do libertarians advocate everybody reproduce at will? Since Roosevelts time eugenics has been tried by the Nazis but Positive Eugenics has not been tried as government policy. Just trial & error & hit or miss government & private sector policies. Not a comprehensive program.
    Libertarians=law of the jungle?

  4. Mobert Rilnes

    “Maybe you should run for local office and try PLAS, because no one here is buying what you’re selling.”

  5. Robert Milnes

    Why don’t YOU run for local office & try PLAS? Then if it doesn’t work YOU can try to sell that here as evidence it doesn’t work.
    Until then, YOU shut up.

  6. AroundtheblockAFT

    Good grief, will someone try PLAS and shut Mr. Milnes up. Of course, if (when) the strategy fails, Milnes will claim the candidate didn’t implement it right or something.

  7. NewFederalist

    Who needs PLAS? Using Bob’s favorite election of 1912 the total progressive vote exceeded 75%. Why don’t the Greens just clean up? Why do they need any “libertarian” votes? I guess it could be that since his data is nearly 100 years old things may have changed a bit. Let’s see.. since then we now have women’s suffrage, far more minority voter participation, we have fought two world wars, implemented the income tax and the Federal Reserve… yup nothing much has changed!

  8. Robert E. Milnes

    Now I think I’m going down to the well tonight
    and I’m going to drink till I get my fill
    And I hope when I get old I don’t sit around thinking about it
    but I probably will
    Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
    a little of the glory of,
    well, time slips away
    and leaves you with nothing mister but
    boring stories of glory days

    Glory days well they’ll pass you by
    Glory days in the wink of a young girl’s eye
    Glory days, glory days.


  9. Mobert Rilnes

    I don’t have to defend implementing PLAS because I am not advocating your bat-shit crazy idea in the first place, I am mocking you.

    Your premise is flawed, your math is wrong, and TR was an asshole.

    So you can defend PLAS, run for office, and implement your ‘agenda’ upon election (LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    Prove us wrong.

    oh yeah, and Kate +8 and Octomom does not make for a good defense.

    Come on Milnes, run for office. Put your money where your blogging is….

  10. Catholic Trotskyist

    I am a PLAS supporter. Even though my political ideology is a bit different. But I can’t do much to try it at this point. Maybe by the 2012 election I will be ready.

  11. Robert Milnes

    Even if TR was an asshole, which I disagree, does that necessarily preclude a winning inclusive progressive movement?
    I personally think lots of libs are assholes, past & present. yet I would be willing to work with libertarians in order to win & start implementing favorable policies.
    Lots of greens are assholes too.
    Tom H., Progressives for Obama, definite asshole.

  12. Robert Milnes

    well that just goes to point. I do not know Tom H. personally. Never met the guy. & his Progressives for America is my primary & few disagreements with him. Yet that is enough for me to call him an asshole.
    Yet, if he said We can work together on what we have in common, I’d say, well, ok.

  13. Robert0 E. Milnes-Pizzaro

    así que apenas va a la punta. No sé Tom H. personalmente. Nunca conocí al tipo. Y su
    Los progresistas de América es mi principal y algunos desacuerdos con él. Sin embargo, eso es suficiente para
    me llaman un imbécil.
    Sin embargo, si él dijo que podemos trabajar juntos en lo que tenemos en común, yo diría, bueno, ok.

  14. Mobert Rilnes

    you. dont. get. it.

    Cooperating with others to further policies you both believe in is good. Ok, thumbs up.

    But to do so by disregarding all of your principles, and on the basis of statistics and figures pertaining to an election held a century ago, is insane.

    Please though, stop trying to convince libertarians that TR was a net positive for America, it’s like you use terms and neglect to find out their definitions.

    TR’s policies make him an asshole without redeeming qualities, like George W. Bush and Obama. On a personal level they could all be swell, but their policies make them assholes.

  15. Robert Milnes

    You don’t get it either.
    TR may well have been an asshole personally. I’m talking about what he did & tried to do & almost accomplished. & how much better things subsequently could have been-if the Progressive Party had won in 1912.
    If we say an inclusive Progressive movement consisted of a coalition of-left progressives, some liberal democrats, socialists, Greens & right progressives(libertarians),
    Well, they all could call each other assholes & not work with the others except only on things they agree on-&NEVER get much done because they would never win an election.
    But if the leftist coalition-comparable to Allende Chile 1970, could win a close plurality, then you ADD the right progressive vote(The Libertarian Vote 13%), that would bolster its chances of winning.Almost to the point of assurance.
    Once having won & voted out the reactionaries-the dems & reps, well then it is the NEW politics.
    But unless they stick with the coalition, they’ll get voted out by the reactionaries.
    So, they are stuck with each other, like it or not.
    If you think libertarians would compromise a lot to be in the coalition, think about the socialists. They have to give up socialism! For the chance to get some of their policies actually considered and implemented.
    + I’ve figured out an agreement that would assure libs OVERREPRESENTATION. A 50/50 candidate ration is more than the libs would contribute as far as potential votes. 13% is roughly 1/3 of 40% yet they could hold out for 50% representation.
    I don’t think it can be much more clear or fair.

  16. Robert Milnes

    + an inclusive progressive coalition would HAVE TO abide strictly by the Constitution. Otherwise they would be vulnerable to legal challenge by the reactionaries. Also any military coup or coup d’etat would be illegal.
    Does that satisfy the libertarian Constitution fetish?

  17. Robert Milnes

    In order for PLAS to have a viable chance to win the presidency & Congress in 2012, we need at least one winning PLAS candidate in 2010.
    Will one candidate try it?

  18. Mobert Rilnes

    I am talking about (in your words) “what he did & tried to do & almost accomplished”, that being policies that are bad, i.e. I called him an asshole. NOT the guy personally, but HIS POLICIES make him an assssssshole.

    And “how much better things subsequently could have been-if the Progressive Party had won in 1912.” I disagree with your premise.

    “Will one candidate try it (PLAS)?”
    Probably not.

    You’ve convinced me that PLAS is ridiculous, but don’t let that stop you from rambling about it to others. I respect your right to do so.

  19. Robert Milnes

    You disagree with the premise that things subquently could been much better if TR had won in 1912?
    Well, that is consistent with libertarians not understanding their place.
    Libertarians do not have anywhere near the numbers & support to accomplish a libertarian movement or revolution on their own. The BEST libs can do is prticipate in a progressive movement which is slow revolution. Within that movement they can gradually accomplish many of their goals over time. The problem with libs is they want libertarianism NOW! Or NOTHING! & sure enough they get nothing.
    In my opinion PLAS is the best bet for libs. If they aren’t willing to work with progressives I see little hope for any of their ideas in America.

  20. Robert Milnes

    I just wrote a comment arguing with Steve K. over environmentalism in Lake Tahoe region.
    Kubby makes several fundamental libertarian errors. He thinks he’ll get elected there. Probably not. He thinks he’ll find a lot of support there. Some but probably not much. He thinks his support for medical marijuanna is automatically associated with support for libertarianism. NOT.
    Libs are going nowhere unless they find their place in an inclusive progressive movement -which can win elections. They are never going to win on their own. & his anti-environmental positions are understood by progressives & opposed. & will be defeated. Fortunately. So I might actively oppose Steve K. I might passive oppose him. I might lukewarm support him knowing he will lose. However if he would support PLAS, I would actively enthusiastically support him.
    You see the difference?

  21. Robert Milnes

    Libertarian lemmings lining up to line gop & Ron Paul coffers with 35 million $!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Vote for your enemy! Send $ to your enemy! Suck your enemy’s dick! Eat your enemy’s shit!

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