Here’s what I know about the latest activities of the candidates seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination:
Campaigns filed with FEC:
RJ Harris has a “third quarter money play” which is geared to increase his donation totals before the end of the third quarter of the year (at the end of this month). Campaigns issue quarterly reports which are looked at by many observers to assess how serious they are. Harris is assisting with Oklahoma LP ballot access and has spoken at LibertyFest. His website, which many commenters have said is the best looking of the current declared LP presidential candidates, lists a number of interviews with the candidate. Here is the latest.
Lee Wrights has been running longer than the other FEC-filing candidates. He publishes a regular opinion column and has been attending a number of state LP conventions. The next stop listed on his schedule is Illinois on October 21.
Carl Person has been issuing a flurry of releases on a daily basis. Some of his opinions, such as a recent call for state banks in every state, are unusual for a Libertarian candidate. He has been campaigning outside of events in NYC such as Liberty Fest and a Republican presidential debate, passing out flyers and talking to attendees as they enter and leave.
He has not done any campaign appearances that I know of outside NYC except for the Future of the Libertarian Political Movement conference in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 19, 2011. UPDATE: Person has been and will continue to campaign at events in different states; his schedule is at http://carlperson.org/node/38 and his next stop is Wisconsin on October 1.
Roger Gary appears to be the least active of the FEC-filing candidates. His latest release was a piece on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
As far as I know, he has not been doing campaign appearances as a candidate, except for the Future of the Libertarian Political Movement conference in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 19, 2011. UPDATE: In the comments, Roger Gary reminded me that he also campaigned at the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance meeting in Columbus, Ohio last month. Thanks to George Phillies and Roger Gary for corrections on this article; additional corrections would be appreciated. UPDATE: Steven Wilson in the comments says that Gary was also at the Missouri convention; if there have been others, I don’t know about it yet.UPDATE: I found an events listing on Gary’s site in a non-obvious place. It shows he also campaigned at Florida, Iowa and Tennessee LP conventions, all in May.
All of the FEC-filing candidates have at least some campaign staff, unlike the
Campaigns not filed with FEC:
Robert Milnes has turned the front page of his site into a running commentary/blog, with updates posted almost every day. Some of the updates are posted at the top of the page and some are posted at the bottom. Many of them deal with IPR and yours truly (Paulie). Conspiracy theories are a frequent topic; among these, that I am a government plant, that David Nolan was murdered, and that the FBI and TV anchorwomen are watching him masturbate through his TV. A recent update: “I have emailed Emergency Request for Assistance. I have a court hearing 9/27. Charges include debris in yard, exxtension cords in yard, cat hoarding etc. I have become more than the usual depressed. I need some help.” With his frequent updates, Milnes is currently apparently doing more lately than the other non-FEC filers.
Jim Burns has updated his website fairly recently, but apart from that has been pretty quiet lately. Earlier this year, he was sending IPR frequent opinion pieces and had been planning a national tour, but had to cancel it due to lack of gas money.
May or may not be candidates:
Jim Duensing had been an announced candidate for the nomination, but may have withdrawn. He has not been listed on the LP blog list of candidates, and did not respond to a recent query as to what if anything his campaign is doing. In IPR comments George Phillies wrote “At one point he had suspended his campaign in order to support a Republican, but I may be out of date on that.” If anyone knows for sure, please let us know.
Wayne Root is frequently considered by others to be a candidate, but he himself says he has not made up his mind. Interestingly, his copyright 2011 website features a header picturing Root in front of the White House. He frequently appears in media outlets and is the chair of the LNCC (not to be confused with the LNC, of which he is an at large member). He also publishes frequent opinion pieces. The LNCC recently raised $25,000 in one day and rolled out a professional new website.
Gary Johnson was recently let back into Republican presidential debates after being excluded from all but the first one and, more recently, from polls. Johnson was a dues paying member of the LP in 1993-4, spoke at the Libertarian national convention and at least one LP state convention in 2002, and was the target of a previous unsuccessful attempt to recruit him for the LP presidential nomination in 2004. Several LP members, including current and former members of the LNC, are publicly trying to recruit Johnson to switch to the LP race. Johnson’s campaign has officially denied that he has any interest.