The email below is being shared with others at the request of Geoff Neale, Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC).
Here is the relevant background:
As a condition for being a scheduled speaker at a national convention, all speakers are required to agree to not seek or accept any position being selected by delegates at convention.
The policy was adopted so as to not provide an advantage to any speaker and to prevent the existing leadership from using the convention as a venue for promoting themselves or their favored candidates.
Enforcing the policy is the responsibility of the Convention Oversight Committee, which is comprised of at least five LNC members selected by the LNC Chair and as many as two non-LNC members selected by the LNC Chair (with the consent of the rest of the COC).
The “situation” Mr. Neale refers to is Michael Cloud’s recent election as an at-large member of the Libertarian National Committee and his close association with the 2012 national convention planners.
In what was reminiscent of an orchestrated campaign for office, Mr. Cloud:
- was given the most prominent speaking slots (i.e. keynote speaker, fundraiser at banquet, breakout session leader)
- was heavily promoted in official LP communications (even helping to write those communications), and then
- leveraged that exposure to the delegates to run for and win a position on the LNC.
During the voting for at-large members of the LNC at the national convention, I asked Michael Cloud why he was seeking a position on the LNC when it was clear that his doing so violated his agreement to not run for any internal party office. He replied that he was never informed of such a policy.
On a personal note, I’ve always liked Michael Cloud and worked with him while I served on the board of the Libertarian Party of California. We often agree on matters and share an appreciation for the need to raise money and run a professional operation.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Neale
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 3:59 PM
Subject: [Lnc-discuss] Speakers Agreement & the Policy Manual
I have been asked several times about a “situation”. If you read the Policy Manual, it could, without further investigation, appear that Michael Cloud was elected to the LNC contrary to an established policy. That policy is:
Article 2.09 Other Matters
7) Convention Speakers
No person shall be scheduled as a convention speaker unless that person has signed this statement:
“As a condition of my being scheduled to speak, I agree to neither seek nor accept nomination for any office to be selected by delegates at the upcoming Libertarian Party convention.”
This policy shall not apply to participation in a scheduled candidate debate. This policy shall not apply in the case where someone is exercising official duties (e.g.. such as when the Treasurer presents his official report).
This policy was passed by the LNC in March of this year.
Michael Cloud’s agreement to speak at the convention was finalized in January of this year, and did not contain the above statement.
His agreement predates the above policy, and supersedes it (look up “ex post facto”).
While this policy was passed by the LNC, and five members of the COC were on the LNC, this information was NOT passed along in any COC meeting to the non-LNC members of the committee.
The non-LNC members of the COC were the ones who arranged and contracted with the speakers.
I would appreciate it if this message is forwarded to any of the public who would benefit.
Chair, Libertarian Party