Press Release: Oregon Secretary of State Issues Ruling in Favor of Reeves Group of LPO Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • APRIL 11, 2012
Oregon Secretary of State Issues Ruling in Favor of Reeves Group of LPO Officers

SALEM – For the second consecutive day, the legal winds have blown in favor of the Reeves group of officers in the continuing dispute over the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s (LPO) leadership and governance. On March 13, attorneys representing the Wagner group of officers filed a complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office against LPO Chair Tim Reeves. The complaint alleged that a fundraising letter sent to LPO members, signed by Reeves as Chair of the LPO, violated Oregon election law. The letter raised funds for the suit currently pending against the Wagner group of officers.

It was alleged by the Wagner group that funds raised by the Reeves letter should have been delivered to them as the “legitimate” LPO, that Reeves was in-effect converting the money for his personal use, and that Reeves misrepresented himself as the state chair of the LPO in the name of the LPO. In their ruling, the Secretary of State rejected each charge and now considers the matter closed.

Had the Secretary of State’s office ruled against Reeves, it could have been interpreted as tacit agreement that Reeves was not the legitimate chair of the LPO and operated improperly on its behalf. Instead, the nature of the ruling is consistent with what the Secretary of State stated position, that it will not take a stand on the relative merits of the LPO dispute and is content to take its guidance from a court.  Earlier this week, in court, a Clackamas county judge refused to grant motions brought by the Wagner side to dismiss the case. The matter is expected to be heard again within the next few weeks.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Chair: Mr. Tim Reeves, 4278 NE Azaleast, Hillsboro, OR 97124
503-621-4932 / timothy.reeves@tenthamendmentcenter.com


28 thoughts on “Press Release: Oregon Secretary of State Issues Ruling in Favor of Reeves Group of LPO Officers

  1. Here's a radical idea

    If I read this correctly, the “bully” got punched in the nose. Bullies use force.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Strange release. The headline doesn’t seem to match the story.

    The headline indicates that the Secretary of State “issued a ruling,” and that said ruling was “in favor of the Reeves faction.”

    The story seems to say that the Secretary of State declined to rule on a matter because it is already in litigation.

    I suppose that the non-ruling could be loosely interpreted as “in favor” of the fake organization’s fraud, but that doesn’t seem like anything to brag about.

  3. Here's a radical idea

    As I read this, how can the Reeves group be the fraud, when a group of people used force to take over something. At its core, is that libertarian?

  4. Wes Wagner

    Who wants a copy of the PDF of the SoS ruling from the posting staff here? I’ll email it.

  5. Wes Wagner

    It is a pdf that is not OCR scanned.. so I don’t have raw text. I will email you.

  6. Richard Burke

    All,

    I am glad the document is going to be posted. No matter how you read it, I think it is fair to say that the Wagner group would have been happier if Reeves had been found guilty of election law violations as the Wagner group, through their attorneys, had alleged.

    Richard P. Burke

  7. Nick

    I’m not weighing in on what side is right and what side is wrong, but as any good Reform Party member can tell you, this kind of infighting is bad for a party.

  8. Thomas L. Knapp

    RB@3,

    Fraud is theft by deception. Such as Reeves falsely representing himself as chair of the LPO for the purpose of getting people to send his group money.

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  10. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Knapp: Strange release. The headline doesn’t seem to match the story.

    I think Aaron Starr is concerned about getting his faction’s spin onto IPR titles for Google hits.

    He also complained about the “Wayne Allyn Root Tells Radio Audience to Vote for Romney” though many found it accurate.

    It’s part of being a control freak.

  11. Thomas L. Knapp

    RTAA,

    There’s a difference between wanting to get your spin on things on one hand, and being a control freak on the other.

    Assuming that Starr honestly believes his viewpoint to be the correct one, can you blame him for doing his best to get maximum mindshare for that view?

  12. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    There’s a difference between wanting to get your spin on things on one hand, and being a control freak on the other.

    One spin does not make for a control freak. But Starr has a history of trying to control events in the LP, such as with his Robert’s Rules of Order.

  13. Thomas L. Knapp

    RTAA,

    I willingly stipulate that Starr has a history of trying to influence the LP, often (though not always) through Machiavellian power plays than through persusasion.

    Whether he’s congenitally disposed to that approach (i.e. a “control freak”) or just frequently concludes that it is the best tactical or strategic approach, I can’t say.

    If things are as they seem — and I concede that they may not be — the Reeves faction and its supporters are playing an exceedingly dangerous game by trying to manipulate the national convention delegate credentialing process.

    The “Wagner” LPO is recognized by the state of Oregon as the Libertarian Party in that state.

    The “Wagner” LPO is recognized by the Libertarian National Committee (per ruling of the Judicial Committee) as the LNC affiliate in Oregon.

    Absent disposition of the current court case in the “Reeves” factions favor before the LNC’s national convention, nothing good for the “national LP” (i.e. the coalition of state LPs affiliate with the LNC) can come from any attempt to seat a delegate slate from the “Reeves” faction rather from the actual current LNC affiliate.

    The absolute best outcome of such machinations is that the actual LNC affiliate’s delegate slate is seated after a fight that makes pretty much everyone involved — but more so those supporting the “Reeves faction’s” claim — look like assholes.

    The worst outcome is that the “national LP” nominating coalition ends up without Oregon ballot access for its presidential nominee.

    Given the past Republican-preferencing projects of Burke et. al, it seems barely plausible that that worst outcome might be exactly the intent.

    Obama is up by 11 points over Romney in Oregon (per Survey USA, March 23). Romney clinching the GOP nomination might close that gap some and make it competitive … unless a strong LP ticket that pulls more from GOP than Democrat ranks opens it back up.

    It wouldn’t be the first time Burke had tried to keep the LP from running a candidate in Oregon because doing so might hurt the GOP.

  14. Steve M

    From the Oregon Secretary of States Office….

    Dear Mr Steringer:

    We have completed our review of your complaint against Tim Reeves. You are representing Wes Wagner and other officers of the Libertarian Party of Oregon(LPO).

    The Press release above states…

    “Had the Secretary of State’s office ruled against Reeves, it could have been interpreted as tacit agreement that Reeves was not the legitimate chair of the LPO and operated improperly on its behalf.”

    Well to me it sure looks like the Secretary of State of Oregon’s Office includes Wes Wagner as an officer in the Oregon Libertarian Party. It makes no such mention for Tim Reeves holding any office in the Oregon Libertarian Party.

  15. Steve M

    Richard Burke is a member of the law suite against Wes Wagner for control of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.

    I would appreciate it if any member of this law suite would state that they are a member of it and from which side when they comment so as to be unambiguous that they have a vested interest.

    http://legalnews.findlaw.com/article/0bbnfoa4ie57m?q=Libertarian+Party

    Tim Reeves, David Terry, M Carling, Greg Burnett and Richard Burke have filed a lawsuit against Wes Wagner and Libertarian Party of Oregon over the legal officers of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.

  16. Nate

    @21:

    Exactly.

    The SOS also states that one of the complaints is valid but her office isn’t the right arbiter and that the other two complaints are rejected because in her opinion Mr Reeves was soliciting funds for a lawsuit rather than for a party. Implicitly she is saying that if Mr Reeves *had* solicited money for the LPO, he would have had to fork it over to the *real* LPO, chaired by Mr Wagner.

    Anyone can disagree with her all they like on any side they like, but how in the world can the Reeves faction try to spin this in their favor??

  17. Wes Wagner

    Nate @23

    Leaves one to wonder what type of spin was put on the court hearing too…

    Further, just so everyone knows:

    ORS 260.532(6)

    (6) A plaintiff who prevails in an action provided by subsection (5) of this section may recover economic and noneconomic damages, as defined in ORS 31.710, or $2,500, whichever is greater. The court may award such additional equitable relief as it considers necessary or proper. The equitable relief may include, but is not limited to, a requirement that a retraction of the false statement be disseminated in the manner directed by the court. Proof of entitlement to economic and noneconomic damages must be by a preponderance of evidence. The court shall award the prevailing party reasonable attorney fees at trial and on appeal.

    So far I have seen three letters that were sent to libertarians in Oregon where he identified himself as chairperson of the organization and stated positions of the LPO in those letters. There may be more.

  18. Bruce A. Knight

    @21 Nate wrote:

    “The SOS also states that one of the complaints is valid but her office isn’t the right arbiter and that the other two complaints are rejected because in her opinion Mr Reeves was soliciting funds for a lawsuit rather than for a party. Implicitly she is saying that if Mr Reeves *had* solicited money for the LPO, he would have had to fork it over to the *real* LPO, chaired by Mr Wagner.

    “Anyone can disagree with her all they like on any side they like, but how in the world can the Reeves faction try to spin this in their favor??”

    It just takes practice, I suppose. Mr Burke has long experience in just such kinds of spin.

  19. A Frustrated New Oregon Libertarian

    Okay so Tim Reeves is not to be trusted either. No one is… How does one go to the Libertarian National Party and ask them to oust everyone and start again… This is madness.

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