Libertarian Party: Big Opportunity to double your dollars for liberty

 

Big Opportunity to DOUBLE your dollars for liberty

Dear Libertarian supporter,

I’ve got some great news for you!

We’re getting very close to having the funds we need to put a down payment on a new office building for the national LP headquarters — the David F. Nolan Memorial Building. Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

As soon as we move out of the Watergate office building and into a new building, we expect tosave the party a whopping $5,000 every month — or $60,000 every year. That’s theimmediate returns we’ll get by buying an office building over the rent we pay for leased office space today.

Plus, donating to the Building Fund will build equity in a permanent property for the Libertarian Party. A hallmark of liberty right here in D.C. — the belly of the beast.

We have $210,699 in the Building Fund right now, which is designated exclusively for purchasing and moving into a building.

We need another $39,301 to get us to the $250,000 mark. That’s how much we need to have on hand to make an offer on a property.

Here’s the GREAT NEWS.

Two members of the Libertarian National Committee — Secretary David Blau and At-Large Rep Michael Cloud — have generously offered $5,000 each in matching funds to anyone who donates now to the Building Fund.

Your donation will double in value — if you act now.

Properties move very fast in the D.C. area. The longer we wait, the higher prices go.

And the more chance we’ll miss out on the perfect property. The spring selling market has opened up, and we’re seeing some very desirable office spaces. But we must act fast.

Will you please donate now to the David F. Nolan Memorial Fund?

Depending on the level of your total donation (we’re keeping careful track of all donations to the Building Fund), you will be entitled to the following benefits:

For a gift of $25,000 or more you can sponsor one of just five Liberty Roomsat the David F. Nolan Memorial Building.

If you contribute $10,000 or more you will be recognized as a Nolan Building Founder by having your name (or the name of a loved one) inscribed on a beautiful plaque all its own that will be displayed permanently in the Nolan building. Limit twenty five.

For a donation of $5,000 or more you will be recognized as a Nolan Building Hero of Liberty by having your name (along with others) memorialized on the Nolan Building Hero of Liberty Plaque above the Benefactor plaque below. Limit fifty.

For a donation of $1,000 or more you will be recognized as a Nolan Building Benefactor of Liberty by having your name (along with others) inscribed on an elegant Nolan Building Benefactor of Liberty Plaque to be displayed forever in the Nolan building. Limit two hundred.

For a gift of $500 or more you will be recognized as a Nolan Building Defender of Liberty by having your name appear forever in the leather-boundNolan Building Defender of Liberty Registry that will be placed in the foyer of the Nolan Building. (No limit.)

For a donation of $250 or more your name will be inscribed on a Nolan Building Friend of Liberty framed certificate you’ll be proud to hang in your home. (No limit.)

For a gift of $100 or more you will be recognized by name in LP News as aNolan Building Advocate of Liberty for your donation to the building fund (unless you prefer not to) and your name will appear in a special section of the LP website dedicated to Nolan Building contributors (again, unless you prefer otherwise).

Contributors at the $250 and above levels will also receive invitations this year and next to private meetings with yours truly and with the Libertarian Party’s executive director, Carla Howell. You’ll able to discuss the party’s progress and strategy.

This year’s VIP event will be held in Las Vegas during the FreedomFest event on Friday, July 12. Donate now to be part of this exciting event.

Do you want a huge bang for your Libertarian Party donation? Matching Money gives it to you.

Your donation + the $10,000 Matching Money moves us closer to saving the LP $5,000 every month — and a permanent investment in liberty.

Will you please donate now?

Let our generous donors double your donation — with their matching money.

Will you donate $1,000? They’ll match it with $1,000.

Will you please put in $500 right now? They’ll match it with another $500.

Will you give $250 for LP ballot status? They’ll match it with $250 more.

Or you can donate $150 or $100 or $50. Every dollar will be matched.

Will you donate today by clicking here — and double your impact for liberty?

Thank you for helping. And thank you to our generous LNC members — Messieurs David Blau and Michael Cloud — for matching your donation.

Yours in liberty,

Geoffrey Neale
Chair, Libertarian National Committee

P.S. Please click here and place the text “Building Fund Matching Donation” in the Comment box at the bottom of the David F. Nolan Memorial Building Fund donation page.

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14 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: Big Opportunity to double your dollars for liberty

  1. Be Rational

    Real Estate prices are rising quickly now in DC. This project has taken years too long. The naysayers have cost the party millions of dollars in long term costs. The LP needs to find a suitable property in a decent part of DC and lock it in now.

    Without panic and the mistakes that come from undue haste, it’s time to hurry.

  2. Oranje Mike

    There’s no need to be in DC just because the conglomerate party is there. It’s too much damn money for a party with limited funds that wants to be responsible with money.

  3. paulie

    There’s no need to be in DC just because the conglomerate party is there.

    Then maybe you can start a separate project to raise money for our second office somewhere else. The first one will be in DC; experience has shown that moving out of DC cost us a lot more, in terms of donations that we were getting before and after the move, than any difference in office rental costs.

    It’s a tired old argument, and besides the point – most of the down payment is already raised, and the rest will be raised soon enough. Many of the donors specifically want it in DC, not anywhere else.

  4. paulie

    It’s too much damn money for a party with limited funds that wants to be responsible with money.

    It’s less money than we are spending on rent. It gets us out from under having to make monthly payments in a few years. And we get contributors, many of who are not willing to donate the same amount (or even anything) to other projects or to an office elsewhere, to make the down payment (and probably much of the eventual payments as well).

  5. George Phillies

    @3 The last experience showed that unfortunate managerial decisions will cost you a lot of donations. Claims that the loss was due to location appear unjustified.

    When you own a building, you must cover the costs every month, or as many homeowners learned the hard way recently you lose not only the space but the invested capital.

    Office in DC remains a waste of most of the money being pumped into it.

    Also (1) DC did not have a price crash in the sense that e.g. Vegas did, because their industry is based on looting the taxpayer rather than gambling and prostitution, so DC recoveries may be modest, and (2) allegations of a housing bubble are based on incompetent financial analysis as shown recently by the Bonddad blog.

    @2 You got it right.

  6. paulie

    Claims that the loss was due to location appear unjustified.

    Not according to the many people I talked to who were actively involved with running the national party then (HQ, LNC and so on).

    The argument about where we are buying the building is long over, so I have no idea why anyone wants to keep it going. The project is happening. If you want to argue about where the second office should be, that could be a legitimate argument.

  7. Be Rational

    Of course real estate prices in DC didn’t crash as they did in other places, for the obvious reasons that you mention. However, there was a significant fall in prices for a while. That is the reality. We’ve already missed the bottom this time around. We should have bought in a year ago … in fact, we should have bought decades ago.

    As to the office location, it belongs in DC for hundreds of reasons. There is no logical basis to choose a site outside of DC that overcomes the special interest effects of the desire to bring the office home to benefit some individual or special interest inside the party. Honey and the Texas LP nearly destroyed the party. Sending it to Phillies in New England would have the same results. Avoiding the costs associated with the constant battle over location is worth far more than any savings you can pretend will come from another location. In addition, the loss in funding that would come from locating outside DC would also exceed the savings. The total of these losses from moving outside DC far exceed any rental and other location savings. In any case, as Paulie mentioned, the location has been decided.

  8. paulie

    No reason we have to have only one office. Hopefully we will have many of them eventually, in different places. Regions can compete for where the second one will be. Texas may be to raise enough for a second one there. Or maybe California, if the party there comes back up to the level it was in the 1990s. And so on.

  9. George Phillies

    @6 The project can always be cancelled or reversed.

    The people you are identifying as saying the cash loss was due to putting the office outside DC are all, so far as I can tell, people who want it in DC, for example, people who supported the argument that the alternative to a DC office was a double wide in Arkansas.

    As it happens, I do not think that Massachusetts would be a good location. High real estate taxes. Inconvenient travel. New Hampshire or Colorado would work better, though rumors that the Free State Project would be beneficial to the Libertarian Party seem not to have come to pass. Also, while NH may not have a tax on earned income, business and real estate taxes are more significant.

    My sources are emphatic that it was Honey;s enemies who nearly destroyed the party to destroy her.

    “The location has been decided, so you cannot argue about it” is a leninist party-centralist argument, as Tom Knapp in a slightly different context has recently explained.

  10. Starchild

    Paulie,

    I find it difficult to believe that having an office not located in Washington D.C. would somehow negatively affect donations.

    Given the stigma that Washington D.C. carries among many (L)ibertarians, one would if anything expect mainly the opposite — people being less inclined to donate because we’re based in D.C.

    However I continue to believe that a new office based on a more expansive, activist-oriented vision of how a brick-and-mortar space could be for the party — a community center/workshop-type space — has the potential to be a real positive for the Libertarian Party, and take us to the next level in terms of our energy, visibility, and effectiveness at organizing on the grassroots level in the nation’s capitol.

    Sadly, there are no indications that this is the kind of office we are going to get. If time bears out the direction of our less than promising start with the project, Oranje Mike and George Phillies may well turn out to be right that it is a waste of money that could be better spent advancing liberty in other ways.

    Is it pointless to argue about that now that the project is underway? Perhaps. But if so, then why not keep silent about it rather than weighing in to dispute Mike and George’s assertions?

  11. Sam Kress

    ” The project can always be cancelled or reversed.”

    Why would it be cancelled or reversed? That is ridiculous. Members have donated a lot of money to it. And it makes a lot of sense.

    Of course, it should be in DC. That is abundantly obvious to media and donors, who expect it to be there, and would treat the LP a lot less seriously if it was not. A political party is expected to have a presence in the belly of the beast. That may be more symbolic than functional, but even if that is the case, it still has a huge impact on funding. A headline like the “LP abandons DC office, moves to ________” would signal to everyone that the party is on its way down.

    It’s completely assinine to even argue about this.

  12. Sam Kress

    “Given the stigma that Washington D.C. carries among many (L)ibertarians, one would if anything expect mainly the opposite — people being less inclined to donate because we’re based in D.C.”

    You may “expect” that but the people actually writing the checks have a different story. Many have specifically said they want it to be in DC or they would not donate according to the people who have been raising the money.

    ” If time bears out the direction of our less than promising start with the project, Oranje Mike and George Phillies may well turn out to be right that it is a waste of money that could be better spent advancing liberty in other ways.”

    It can’t be a waste of money because the money does not belong to the party. It belongs to the donors unless the party gives them a reason to donate. This is what is motivating many donors who do not want to give to other projects. Create some other projects and raise the money for those instead of shooting down what other people are building and making claims to money that would not otherwise find its way to the LP in any way shape or form.

  13. Mike Kane

    @1, and @11 are my thoughts precisely.

    I do also agree with Starchild that the office should have volunteer activist areas, couches, places for people to hang out, and crash. This would obviously be a little bit more work, but imagine if dedicated activists wanted to spend 2 weeks in DC doing volunteer work for the LP, training, etc. Lifetime friends are made in these situations which is another upside for party retention.

    Other parties do this type of stuff all the time, in both the US, and in other countries.

  14. paulie

    I do also agree with Starchild that the office should have volunteer activist areas, couches, places for people to hang out, and crash. This would obviously be a little bit more work, but imagine if dedicated activists wanted to spend 2 weeks in DC doing volunteer work for the LP, training, etc. Lifetime friends are made in these situations which is another upside for party retention.

    Other parties do this type of stuff all the time, in both the US, and in other countries.

    Yep. Definitely not happening at the Watergate.

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