FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Libertarian Party of Oregon Admonishes Jason Yates; Accuses Him of Fraud for Claiming False and Misleading Endorsement
Wilsonville, Ore – September 25th, 2014 — The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) State Committee voted yesterday to admonish Jason Yates, Republican Candidate for US Congressional District 1, and accuse him of fraud for making false and misleading claims that he is endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Oregon.
The Libertarian Party of Oregon has not endorsed Mr. Yates and has its own candidate for District 1, James Foster.
“It is regrettable that an individual would seek to deceive the voters of Oregon by claiming to have the endorsement of a well-known political party, when in fact he only has the endorsement of an independent political action committee that assumed a similar name with the intent to deceive people,” stated LPO Chairperson Wes Wagner.
“If Mr. Yates had any integrity left whatsoever, given his other misrepresentations about his educational achievements, he would withdraw from politics and engage in the time-honored tradition befitting a disgraced politician – spending more time with his family.”
The LPO has also voted to file criminal complaints for the false filings of certificates of nomination by Tim Reeves, previously described in our Aug 27 release.
The LPO has fielded more non-fusion candidates than all other minor parties in Oregon combined in this election cycle.
Secretary, Libertarian Party of Oregon
This was written and released after the following correspondence occurred.
On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM, Wes Wagner
Last night our board voted to admonish you for your claims that you have the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of Oregon. You have 12 hours to issue your own press release refuting those claims under your own terms.
Chairperson, Libertarian Party of Oregon
And here is the response from Mr. Yates:
Thank you for your email. As I’m sure you are aware, there are at present two active political action committees properly registered with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Election office named “Libertarian Party of Oregon.” The one you are associated with is PAC # 622. The other one, led by Tim Reeves with Greg Burnett as the registered Treasurer, is PAC # 16869.
I understand that the one you are associated with, PAC # 622, has decided to support James Foster and that the Secretary of State currently lists James Foster as the Libertarian nominee. You will note that I do not claim to be the Libertarian Party nominee as recognized by the Secretary of State on my website.
But I do have the support of PAC # 16869, also named “Libertarian Party of Oregon” which decided which candidates they would support in a noticed meeting I attended on August 17, 2014. So while I do not have the support of Libertarian Party of Oregon (PAC #622), I have that of Libertarian Party of Oregon (PAC #16869). That is the basis for my claim.
While you are certainly entitled to speak on behalf of “Libertarian Party of Oregon” PAC # 622, you are not entitled to speak on behalf of “Libertarian Party of Oregon” PAC # 16869.
I recognize that this can be confusing, given that there are two recognized PACs with the same name, but this is not my responsibility. I received the backing of a recognized PAC named “Libertarian Party of Oregon”, and I have accepted it.
In any case, as I understand it, the question of which PAC represents the legitimate Libertarian Party is in dispute and may be settled through pending court action. I also understand that the matter is has been in dispute within the Libertarian Party’s national committee, that conflicting resolutions have been passed, and that your past two national conventions have rejected PAC #622’s delegate configurations in favor of those of PAC # 16896. This being the case, I can see no reason why I should reject the backing of PAC # 16896, the Libertarian Party of Oregon.
Candidate for Congress
According to the Secretary of State in Oregon, the Libertarian Party of Oregon led by Wes Wagner is a minor political party. The Libertarian Party of Oregon led by Tim Reeves and Richard Burke is a miscellaneous PAC (Political Action Committee.)