Wrights donates to Arkansas Libertarian Party ballot access fund

BURNET, Texas (April 12) – Potential Libertarian presidential candidate R. Lee Wrights donated $250 to the Arkansas Libertarian Party ballot access fund, fulfilling the promise he made when he first began his exploratory campaign. Wrights said that he was committed to insuring that the Libertarian message would be heard in all 50 states in 2012. He pledged to donate 10 percent of donations to state ballot access.

“There can’t be anything more important to any political party than ballot access,” Wrights told the party’s state convention Saturday. “Americans cannot vote for liberty and freedom if Libertarians are not on the ballot. Republicans and Democrats have proven to us they are not going to give that to us, in fact, they are going to take more from us at every opportunity.”

Thomas Hill, Wrights 2012 campaign manager, presented the donation to Rodger Paxton, the Arkansas LP state chair. “I’m very proud to be in this room with committed and dedicated Arkansas libertarians who are willing to do the hard work necessary so the residents of Arkansas can have the libertarian option come election day,” Hill said.

Hill told delegates that Arkansas is the first party to get an installment from the campaign and they were looking forward to helping other state parties.

Arkansas Libertarians have 90 days to collect at least 10,000 verified signatures from registered voters. They began the ballot access drive March 29. Arkansas is the only state where the Libertarian Party has never placed a candidate on the ballot for a partisan race other than president. State law only requires 1,000 verified signatures for a presidential candidate.

In order to retain ballot access and bypass the signature-gathering process for the 2014 election, the 2012 Libertarian candidate for president will have to get at least three percent of the vote.

R. Lee Wrights, 52, a libertarian writer and political activist, is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.

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34 thoughts on “Wrights donates to Arkansas Libertarian Party ballot access fund

  1. Robert Milnes

    IIRC, in 2008, Ron Paul donated $500-to something, I think it was COFOE.
    & that fits in with his endorsement of Baldwin CP. Paul realizes his true afiliation with the CP is tied in with the third party predicament.
    & so what? $500 is peanuts. & he HAD $35 million!
    George, I appreciate what you did & are doing, but you were one of few who could finance one own’s campaign. Ron Paul’s candidacy on the right & progressives on the left supporting Obama sucked the air out of contributions for other candidates.
    If I got $35 million,I would’ve donated to ballot access funds & COFOE etc. Other candidates also, I’m sure.
    Wrights, was this $250 your funds like George? Or was it redirected campaign contributions?
    You know what? Never mind. $250 is peanuts. &it doesn’t matter where it came from.
    Because the whole system is goofballed.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Matt @ 3,

    At this point in the election cycle, a candidate showing up at an LP state convention and making a donation to their ballot access in virtually any amount is newsworthy from a third party perspective.

    As the cycle progresses, how much the candidates are doing for the party — and how long they’ve been doing stuff like that for the party — will become an increasingly important talking point.

    Bob @ 4,

    OK, I’m all ears. How much money have you donated or raised for anyone’s ballot access … ever?

  3. Robert Milnes

    Tom, what if all my bitching about misguided anti-war people & libs results in say only $20 million contributed to counterrevolutionary Ron Paul & an unecpected $15 million showing up to the LP candidate?
    Can I count on your bean counting then?

  4. Robert Milnes

    I say again-give me $35 million instead of Ron Paul. & give me Ralph Nader’s ballot access & any libertarian woman step up to the plate for the vp position on my ticket-& I can win in 2012.

  5. JT

    Better yet, what if all your bitching results in you becoming Supreme Leader of Earth?

    You should run for that position.

  6. Thomas L. Knapp

    Bob,

    You still don’t get it, do you?

    Before people give you money and support, they want to know what you’ll do with it.

    In order to figure out what you’ll do with it, they look — at least in part — to what you’ve done.

    So, let’s recount what you’ve done:

    – You’ve came up with a fair to middling idea (libertarian-progressive fusion). Not an original idea by any means — others have both talked that talk and walked that walk before you — but a decent one.

    – You’ve refined that idea to a version that’s based on false connections to misinterpreted numbers, leading you to project unrealistic results.

    – You’ve pissed and moaned for seven years or so now that if only everyone else would drop what they’re doing, and do what you recommend (but refuse to do yourself), then “maybe,” “imagine,” “what if,” maybe we’d all get our own personal unicorns that piss straight Kentucky bourbon and shit freshly baked pecan pie on command.

    You’re selling a pig in a poke, and it doesn’t even look like a real pig in there.

    I don’t support Ron Paul’s presidential aspirations now, and I didn’t in 2008. But the fact is that if you want the money he’s getting, you’ve got to either out-do him at the things he does, or find something to do that people like BETTER than the things he does.

    Let’s see … he got himself elected to Congress multiple times. He produced a popular (within its niche) newsletter that helped him build a fundraising list of people who trust his opinions and respect his record.

    You sat in your fucking trailer and bitched and wailed and gnashed your teeth about it.

    I don’t know if either set of activities is “worth” $35 million — that’s for the people making the donations to decide, since it’s their money — but if one of those sets of activities is worth $35 million, I think I can make an educated guess as to which set it is.

    I’ve given you a realistic campaign plan with a realistic — on the high side, but not pure fantasy — fundraising potential.

    Use it or don’t, Bob.

    Shit or get off the pot, Bob.

    Fish or cut bait, Bob.

    Put up or shut up, Bob.

    If you want to run for president, run for president. But if you want to run, the first step is to stop crawling and GET WALKING.

  7. From my view

    $250? Huh? Nice offering, but more newsworthy would be if one or two zeros were added. That said, $250 for dog catcher or township trustee is a big deal.

  8. Robert Milnes

    @11. I don’t support Ron Paul’s presidential aspirations now, and I didn’t in 2008.
    As you know, 72% of libs did. Including Ruwart & KK. IMO this is a major problem. & I don’t see much short of a major concerted effort required to wean libs off-what is now The Pauls.
    Do you?

  9. Thomas L. Knapp

    Bob @ 16,

    “I don’t see much short of a major concerted effort required to wean libs off-what is now The Pauls.”

    But you’re unwilling to actually make that effort.

  10. NewFederalist

    Hey! Let’s lighten up on Bob. He is actually doing pretty well for a guy on disability living in a tenement on wheels in New Jersey. He can’t help himself.

  11. Robert Capozzi

    tk, looks to me like RM makes a LOT of effort in that regard. It’s largely ineffective effort, but it’s effort, seems to me.

    Maybe he’s just ahead of his time. Or maybe there are alternative paths to pursue.

    It’s all good.

  12. Marc Montoni

    I think $250 is newsworthy if only for one reason: It demonstrates that the candidate understands that the race ain’t about him, but about building the LP. No, $250 isn’t much. But if followed by other donations to other state parties, the pattern will be clear.

    As I’ve said before, candidates who do jack to build the LP pre-nomination, shouldn’t be given the nod.

    Sign up no new members, refuse to help with ballot access, don’t generate inquires, don’t share your donor/inquiry list with the LP? Then go take a hike.

    If the candidate can prove — before the nomination — that he can generate wholesale numbers of new donors, volunteers, media attention, or otherwise assist the LP in building its base, and so on, then that candidate should be the heavy favorite of the delegates.

    Flashy *claims* of building the LP — like getting on hundreds of TV shows but failing to generate any new inquiries or donors — should be taken as evidence the candidate will leave the LP weaker after the campaign, rather than stronger.

  13. AroundtheblockAFT

    Let’s just auction off the nomination to the highest bidder? Ten million sesterces for the crown of LP!

  14. paulie

    Despite what paulie says.

    Why do you care what I say? It has nothing to do with me.

    On the plus side, at least someone is referring to me by name (otherwise I haven’t seen your comment in the last week or so at least). Too bad it’s content-free.

  15. paulie

    And thanks to Lee to donating to the petition drive I am working on. It was good seeing Lee, Mary Ruwart, Thomas Hill and Bill Redpath in Little Rock this past weekend.

  16. paulie

    To everyone else:

    I have very little internet access right now. Would love to hear from my cyberfriends here by phone from time to time…415-690-6352.

  17. Jill Pyeatt

    I miss you, paulie, but you don’t need to hear my troubles! I’ll write to you when you get back!

  18. paulie

    It may be a welcome break from mine, LOL.

    Most recently, getting kicked off public university campuses for peacefully petitioning the public for equal voting rights for Libertarians and registering voters (but what else is new?)

  19. Marc Montoni

    Let’s just auction off the nomination to the highest bidder? Ten million sesterces for the crown of LP!

    Ummm, okay, “Didius Julianus”, that’s not *quite* what I had in mind…

    Besides, if one is to win at auction the LP, perhaps a “crown” is not really the right word.

    Albatross? A Mandela necklace? Millstone?

    OK — I got it: A crown of thorns!

  20. Robert Capozzi

    21 nf, nope. While I’m not sold on RM’s PLAS at all, and I kinda like the Pauls, RM seems to be giving it his best effort, as are we all.

    Root, Wrights, Milnes…everyone’s playing their part in this particular symphony, cacophonous as it seems…often.

  21. Matt Cholko

    Is the Milnes for President campaign promising that we’ll “all get our own personal unicorns that piss straight Kentucky bourbon and shit freshly baked pecan pie on command” if he’s elected president?

    If so, I’m sending a check right away.

  22. Thomas L. Knapp

    Matt,

    I’m pretty sure he’s planning to turn us all into said unicorns through his “positive eugenics” scheme.

    After turning us all into Indians first, except for the blacks, whom he wants to send “back” to Africa.

    Unfortunately for those of us who like our whiskey in mixed drinks, unicorns don’t have opposable thumbs, and he wants to put up a “virtual fence” to keep out Mexico’s burgeoning population of would-be bartenders.

    All of this is secondary, though, to his plan to end the war in Iraq by getting three groups of people who’ve been cheerfully murdering each other for 1500 years to peaceably divide an oil-rich country between them. Presumably he plans to get them to agree to that plan by sitting in his trailer and whining until they give in.

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