Liberty Candidates 2012 Endorses: R. Lee Wrights

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19 April 2012

Liberty Candidates 2012 Endorses: R. Lee Wrights who is running for President of the United States

Liberty-Candidates.org enthusiastically welcomes R. Lee Wrights to the growing slate of candidates championing a return to Constitutional governance in the United States!

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28 thoughts on “Liberty Candidates 2012 Endorses: R. Lee Wrights

  1. Alan Pyeatt

    Congratulations, Lee Wrights! Still my FIRST choice for the LP Presidential Nomination!

  2. Steve M

    Lee Wright might be a great libertarian but it takes cash to run a competitive race. Lee Wright isn’t raising cash. Unless he is incredibly rich and willing to drop a million or so of his own money we libertarians might as well run no one.

    If Lee wants to be taken serious…. then he should come out and explain how he intends to fund a presidential race.

  3. paulie

    @4 See Badnarik 2004 and Barr 2008. There’s no reason to presume that Johnson’s post-nomination fundraising would be significantly different than Wrights.

  4. Steve M

    According to the FEC reports R Lee Wrights has raised a total of $4550…. $2500 from Mary Ruwart, $500 from myself….. George Phillies sent out a letter advocating that his supports donate the Mr Wright but so far (from the FEC reports) he himself hasn’t.

    If R Lee Wrights is the credible alternative to Gary Johnson then I see a huge problem…. lots of words… no cash.

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    Info please!? Since 1980 and Koch as the VP, which LP candidate has raised and spent the most on a POTUS election ? What was that figure ? How much did Clark/Koch spend in 2012 dollars back in ’80? Hope someone can answer this as I think it would be very interesting to most current LP members.

    Five percent of votes would surely take five percent of the campaign funds spent. Let’s say O v R spends $1.5B which means the LP needs a minimum of $75M to get anywhere near 5%, if this is true seven and a half million $ equals .5% . So actually the LP out performs money spent each time. Hope most can understand better now why the LP numbers in POTUS races are low each cycle. It’s all about money friends. Paid ads equals more votes. Volunteers can make up for money in some cases but money always matters.

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  6. paulie

    According to the FEC reports R Lee Wrights has raised a total of $4550…. $2500 from Mary Ruwart, $500 from myself….. George Phillies sent out a letter advocating that his supports donate the Mr Wright but so far (from the FEC reports) he himself hasn’t.

    It appears that the FEC report is from 2011 – maybe they have received more contributions in 2012 and haven’t filed the report yet (or it hasn’t yet showed up). As I understand it they also don’t report contributions of less than $200, or do I have that wrong?

    FEC reports over 93k in contributions by Phillies, including 2.4k to Roger Gary this cycle. I’ve also been told he spent 75k on a suite at the upcoming national convention which will presumably be used on behalf of candidates he supports, including Wrights. You can criticize George for any number of things, but not putting his money where his mouth is isn’t one of them.

  7. paulie

    Since 1980 and Koch as the VP, which LP candidate has raised and spent the most on a POTUS election ?

    Harry Browne.

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    @7 Mr. M if you check, Phillies gave Roger Gary $2500. Mr. Gary has since withdrawn, so actually Wrights wasn’t even Phillies first choice for the nom.

    Sadly any LP candidate will have trouble raising the funds needed because of the small LP base. Johnson has a slight chance of tapping into MJ users with his credible stance on re-legalization. That is debatably over 25M possible donors expanding that LP base considerably.

    I appreciate your support of the LP and hope you can get behind GJ in the general election. I truly think Johnson will do better than most on this site expect !

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  9. paulie

    I truly think Johnson will do better than most on this site expect !

    I’m not completely discounting that possibility.

  10. Trent Hill

    I think Johnson will sweep up a good deal of committed Ron Paul supporters. But LP activists need to get out there NOW and start suggesting people vote for Johnson rather that file useless write-ins for Paul.

  11. George Phillies

    @11 The Giant Liar of talk radio forgets to mention that I also gave Lee Wrights $2400, so his claim that Wrights was not my first choice is one more thing he made up.

  12. George Phillies

    Steve M – I did indeed give Wrights $2400, and am not sure why it is not showing up in the reports, other than as the some thousands Wrights received before having to start filing but acknowledged in his Q3 report.

  13. ATBAFT

    The $2-3 million spent by Clark/Koch would be $5-8 million today. They also took advantage of special tv ad pricing that isn’t available today, so an $8mm campaign would be nowhere near as effective (if 1 mm votes is effective) as was the 1980 campaign. So if GJ could raise,say, $5mm, the LP needs to decide just what it intends to accomplishwith the campaign. Me, I’d forgo ads (except to support local appearances) and run GJ ragged around the country supporting local candidates and urging local and state LPs to round up and sign up new members to organize for 2016 and beyond.

  14. Thomas L. Knapp

    ATBAFT @16,

    IIRC, Clark/Koch spent about $3.5 million, so a little over $9 million in 2010 dollars.

    In addition to ad pricing differences, “major media” is much more fragmented now than it was in 1980.

    Back then, the three major networks still ruled the roost, especially in the news market.

    When Clark appeared on Nightline he was almost certainly seen by millions of viewers. These days, even the most popular cable news shows measure their audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

  15. paulie

    How much did the Carter and Reagan campaigns spend? Clark’s spending can be better analyzed as a fraction of total spending by all presidential campaigns rather than merely in terms of monetary inflation. If my guess is correct, for a campaign today to be as competitive vis a vis the D/Roids as Clark was would take 10 times or more what they spent.

    Clark also had 14 months to campaign as the LP nominee, allowing him to speak as such at hundreds of colleges. It would be pretty hard to pack that into Johnson’s (or Wrights) post convention schedule, although I would suggest the nominee should start doing that anyway and continue after the election for the whole four years leading up to the next one.

    GP,

    T-Rex and Steve M did not lie or forget to mention anything, they went by the FEC contribution query and assumed that it is accurate and up to date. It appears that in this case they assumed incorrectly.

  16. Thomas L. Knapp

    Paulie @18,

    “Clark’s spending can be better analyzed as a fraction of total spending by all presidential campaigns rather than merely in terms of monetary inflation.”

    I’m not sure that’s true.

    I suspect that there are multiple saturation points with respect to campaign spending, beyond which additional money spent (whether the other party matches it or not) makes little or no difference to the outcome, and that the major parties are both well beyond those saturation points.

    Smaller parties also have saturation points. Some percentage of the public is disposed to welcome their message, and some other percentage is not, and once the first group has been reached, a steep drop-off in adoption occurs even if additional money is spent promulgating that message.

    It’s not anything close to a straight-line calculation.

  17. paulie

    Granted. But, to the extent such analyses are worth anything at all, I think comparing percentages is more useful than simply extrapolating for inflation without taking into consideration what the competition is doing.

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    Is George Phillies saying Lee Wrights doesn’t keep accurate official FEC records ?! Something isn’t right in this story one way or the other.

    Better to find out now before the convention than after if Wrights isn’t reporting all funds received. A major investigation and possible embarassment is not what a Third Party needs anytime. Especially their POTUS nominee being investigated during the general election campaign.

    Perhaps all LP members owe George Phillies a huge thank you for bringing this important information forward now. If Lee Wrights is sticking money in his pocket and not legally reporting it that is serious allegations! The LNC or someone needs to look into this now before May 3. Avoid trouble before it can be tied directly to the LP !

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  19. Buck Turgidson

    Seriously, if George Phillies is supporting Lee Wrights, than I will have to reconsider my support of Lee Wrights. I have been following George Phillies shenanigans for years on this website. Next to Wayne Allyn Root, he is the most divisive person in the LP.

  20. George Phillies

    I have communicated with the Wrights Treasurer. The dollar amount of my donation is in plain sight in the reports. I had no trouble finding it. Of course, I am not a dinosaur with a brain the size of a walnut.

    There is an interaction with ‘testing the waters’ filing rules, which may need an amended filing or may have been done correctly, but the money quite visibly did go into the campaign account.

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    You know Mr.Turgidson I’m beginning to see the same thing, troublemakers are just TROUBLE…..

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  22. George Phillies

    “I’ve also been told [Phillies] spent 75k on a suite at the upcoming national convention”

    There is a decimal point that someplace wandered. The suite is more like $7.5 K$ for four days.

  23. paulie

    I was wondering about that. Even for Red Rock that seemed kinda high. But given that a regular room is 400 on Saturday night I didn’t think it was impossible.

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