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Gary Johnson Announces New CPD Lawsuit for 2016 Debates

Presidential Debate

In a recent fundraising letter Our America Initiative (OAI) claims:

“The Commission on Presidential Debates has an exclusive contract with the news media to monopolize presidential general election debates . . . The debate commission is actually a private organization . . . created by the Republican and Democratic national committees — for the mutually beneficial purpose of creating the impression that their candidates are the only real choices for President of the United States.” Source: OAI fundraising letter available HERE

OAI claims it is refiling its lawsuit, which was initially filed in California on behalf of VP Candidate Judge Gray, in Washington, DC.

A fundraising appeal indicates $30,000 is needed within the next two weeks (March 15) to fund the filing of this appeal.

OAI seeks a judicial ruling requiring that only one prerequisite be required for inclusion in the 2016 US Presidential debates, namely: “qualifi(cation) for enough states’ ballots to be elected in the Electoral College.”

Prior to 1988 several Presidential Debates were organized by the League of Women Voters. On 3 October 1988 the League declared (what has become, in essence, the current CPD process) a “fraud.” In a press release titled “League Refuses to Help Perpetrate a Fraud.” league President Nancy M. Neuman was quoted as saying:

“the candidates’ organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”

Those wishing to contribute financially to OAI’s latest legal challenge may do so HERE:

Those wishing to sign a petition calling on the CPD to “allow more than two major party participants in the national Presidential debates” may do so HERE

Prior IPR coverage of CDP lawsuits includes:

Johnson’s complaint dismissed

Johnson campaign awaits ruling

Jill stein vs CPD

Johnson files lawsuit

Jill stein files lawsuit

libertarian HQ letter to CPD

Johnson campaign files antitrust suit against RP DP and CPD


About Post Author

Joseph Buchman

Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with a passion for adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party, former Chair of the LP Platform Committee, and former Chair and three-term member of the LP's financial Audit Committee. Joe and Cindy have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and yet have generally failed miserably with every houseplant ever gifted to them.


  1. jarred duffey jarred duffey March 11, 2016

    you have to let the public know that theres another choice!

  2. Gabriel Gabriel February 25, 2016

    If you’re a viable candidate in every state, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to debate witht the big dogs.

  3. paulie paulie February 4, 2016

    The CoPD does not run the primary debates.

  4. Linda Henley Linda Henley February 4, 2016

    How can I contact the CPD? They are excluding Carly Fiorna from the next debate on ABC News and she is equal to or better than other candidates in the results from the Iowa Caucus. She is the only candidate the CPD is keeping from the debate. I am 70 years old and I have only just found out about the CPD. Why doesn’t the general public know about this group. They are manipulating the ultimate results for each party’s final candidate.
    I have looked at web site after web site trying to find a way to contact the CPD.

  5. George Whitfield George Whitfield February 25, 2014

    I just sent a donation to help on this.

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