Jim Clymer Donates Big Money to Constitution Party, Goode Chips In

Jim Clymer is the former National Chairman of the Constitution Party, so one might expect him to be a significant donator to the party. However, Jim Clymer makes up over $50,000 worth of donations since 2010, which represents a significant portion of the total funds raised. Clymer brings to the ticket a certain financial stability that Constitution Party presidential tickets have in the past often lacked.

Virgil Goode has also donated over $11,000 to the national committee since October of 2010.

The duo will need this ability to chip in their own money, as Goode has refused to accept any donations over $200 from individuals and no money from PACs.

24 thoughts on “Jim Clymer Donates Big Money to Constitution Party, Goode Chips In

  1. Jose C.

    It seems the Constitution Party is poised to have a breakout year. It will be compared to the Libertarian Party Ed Clark campaign of 1980. They have to get on the ballot in 45+ states and DC. They must raise alot of money for the campaign.

    Also Goode has to be willing to accept donations over $200 from individuals .

  2. Timothy Yung

    It should be noted that people can still donate to the Constitution Party National Committee or to the state Constitution Parties. In fact people should donate first to the states because ballot access is the #1 expense for third parties.

  3. Trent Hill Post author

    Aye–Goode’s donation limit shouldn’t hurt too much. Most people end up donating to the national committee for the campaign anyway.

    But, hopefully Clymer puts some money into the campaign, as does Goode. Both can afford a little.

  4. paulie

    It seems the Constitution Party is poised to have a breakout year. It will be compared to the Libertarian Party Ed Clark campaign of 1980.

    What do you base this on?

  5. Trent Hill Post author

    It will certainly be the best campaign ofr the CP ever–in terms of raw vote total and probably in terms for percentage too.

  6. Trent Hill Post author

    Paulie–I said if they didn’t get CA, it likely wouldn’t be.

    I think they will get CA (and definitely will be on in PA, which they missed last time)–so I think it’s pretty much a sure thing.

  7. NewFederalist

    @9… the CP missed PA in both ’08 and ’10. I wouldn’t bet on making it this year even though the signature requirement is very low. Everyone is afraid of a challenge because if the challenge is successful then the party/candidate has to pay the costs of the challenge. This includes bogus legal costs incurred by the person/organization making the challenge. It can easily amount to well over $100,000.

  8. paulie

    Clymer lives there and is on the ticket. I think he will make sure it happens. Goode will probably chip in as he knows PA is a big state for their vote totals and organization.

  9. Trent Hill Post author

    PA was already likely before Clymer was on the ticket, the party was making headway. Now that Clymer is on the ticket, I assure you they’ll push hard to be on in PA.

    There are some rumors of a strong effort in another tough state the CP hasn’t appeared on in 12 years, too.

    California is up in the air. No one really knows.

  10. paulie

    I was under the impression that Seidenberg’s faction was anti-CP for spite because they have been battling for a long time. Maybe not. What other state are you referring to?

  11. Nick

    It’s good to see that Goode will not be taking PAC money. He sets himself apart from the special interests and makes himself look appealing to people that want to reform the status quo.

  12. Trent Hill Post author

    Paulie–I suspect any people who want to donate over $200 will just be directed to donate to the CP Nat Comm.

    Paulie–email for the other state info. The faction in California, I don’t know how much of it is interpersonal dispute and how much is ideology.

    PAC money–he might’ve gotten one or two donations worth a couple thousand. Nothing to write home about.

  13. Trent Hill Post author

    RJ–No telling.

    Breaking the 200k barrier would be good for the CP. If they get the CA ballot line, I can’t imagine that they won’t accomplish this. In fact, I’d suspect they’d be able to get 250k+ minimum.

  14. Andy

    “Trent Hill // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    RJ–No telling.

    Breaking the 200k barrier would be good for the CP. If they get the CA ballot line, I can’t imagine that they won’t accomplish this. In fact, I’d suspect they’d be able to get 250k+ minimum.”

    The Constitution Party could have blown away their 200,000 votes barrier in the last election if they had been on more ballots. Getting screwed over by the Alan Keyes faction in California definitely caused them to get under 200,000 votes, since even without California they got 199,000 votes.

  15. Andy

    Clymer strikes me as a really good guy. It was a wise move for the delegates at the Constitution Party National Convention to add him to the ticket.

  16. Trent Hill Post author

    I suspect 2008’s CA ballot access cost the CP in the neighborhood of 50,000 votes, actually.

  17. Peter Gemma

    the potential for a breakthrough is indeed there, but there’s been an eary silence since the convention … hopefully it’s the organizational lull before the bustling campaign

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