05 December 2014, DATELINE: PORTLAND OR
IPR received the following media release from Mr. Reeves earlier this evening.
“While issues around the leadership and governance of the LPO remain unresolved, the Libertarian Party of Oregon, as led by the so-called “Reeves” group of officers operating under governing documents approved by members in properly noticed conventions (ED NOTE: This organization is, “currently registered with the Oregon Secretary of State as PAC #16869.” See paragraph 2 at: “http://www.lporegon.net“) has announced its plans for 2015 to become more politically active and grow as a party.
Current Status of Things in Oregon
“The Oregon Secretary of State, due to its unwritten policy of accepting official documents from whomever the LPO Chair was on March 31, 2011, still defaults to the Wagner group in nominating partisan candidates.
(ED NOTE: See: http://oregonvotes.org/doc/political_parties.pdf.)
“But because the Oregon Secretary of State knows that the governance and leadership of the LPO are still in dispute, she is allowing both groups to otherwise operate as the “Libertarian Party of Oregon.”
“Both are able to raise and spend money, both are responsible for financial reporting.
Things are Moving in the Right Direction Within the LPO
“The LPO, as led by Tim Reeves, is therefore once again able to raise money using the Oregon Political Tax Credit. Also, the Reeves LPO has regained possession of party archives, files, records, computers, furniture, and other property dating back from the LPO’s founding in 1971. The court case concerning the LPO is proceeding, as appeals briefs are now being filed by both sides. Still, we are now turning most of our energies to doing productive political work in the field.
Moving Forward OUTSIDE the LPO Through “PROJECT GROUNDSWELL“
“The developments mentioned above have enabled the Reeves-led LPO State Committee to adopt “PROJECT GROUNDSWELL” as a direction for the LPO during 2015. The goals of PROJECT GROUNDSWELL are to
- Rebuild the LPO’s statewide organization by establishing and building county parties affiliated with the Reeves organization functioning in accordance with the 2013 bylaws adopted by members in convention. This includes achieving growth in dues-paying membership and registered membership.
- Rebuild an effective presence for the LPO in the Oregon legislature.
- Rebuild the statewide political relevancy of the LPO, raise the LPO’s media profile, and once again have a real impact on Oregon’s political culture.
WHAT IS “PROJECT GROUNDSWELL?
“The project consists of a package of realistic projects the LPO and its affiliates will take on in 2015. Together, the initiative will increase the membership, registered voter base, political relevance, and political effectiveness of the LPO. Another purpose of Project Groundswell is to help the LPO rebound from years of infighting, achieve political success now, and position the LPO for success during the 2016 election cycle. Project Groundswell consists of the following projects:
PROJECT 1: The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session
“The LPO will be active during the 2015 Oregon legislative session. The LPO will maintain an active presence in Salem, impacting legislation affecting our personal and financial liberty. The LPO will also arrange for the introduction of legislation that will help us raise important issues related to privacy and election reform. The LPO has also arranged to join with Portland’s Cascade Policy Institute to promote a “Right to Try” bill, legislation that would make it easier for terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs as they fight for their lives. The LPO will make training resources known to Libertarians who want to become citizen lobbyists, testify to legislative committees, or campaign online.
“NOTE: Tim Reeves and Richard Burke, who has experience working in the Oregon legislature, have already had meetings with legislators about the Right-to-Try legislation and those willing to introduce LPO bills.
PROJECT 2: LPO 2015 Annual Business Convention
“The LPO will hold its 2015 Annual Convention sometime in March. In accordance with LPO bylaws, as it is the year following an election for governor, the convention will be held in eastern Oregon (2016 convention will be held in the metro area). Elections for LPO officer positions and county representatives will be held, amendments to LPO governing documents will be considered, and resolutions will be voted on. The convention will retool the LPO to embark on the next election cycle and see through the rest of Project Groundswell.
PROJECT 3: Elections for Local Non-Partisan Office
“The LPO has a track record of electing about two-thirds of its candidates who actively campaign for local non-partisan office. These offices, which include school board, water board, city council, and other such positions, most directly impact the daily lives of regular citizens. Libertarians serving in such positions build the networks and skills they need to credibly run for higher office in the future while re-weaving our political culture today.
PROJECT 4: Building County Parties
“This year the LPO will work to rebuild its network of county parties. County parties provide Libertarian voters and activists with venues of political activity where they live. They make it possible for the Libertarian Party to have a true statewide presence while providing local activists with statewide reach and resources. A vibrant network of county parties is key to providing support for Libertarian candidates and building party registration.
PROJECT 5: Building Party Registration
“Simply engaging in political campaigns and other activities can inspire people to register Libertarian. But during 2015 the LPO will engage on a statewide media tour to promote the Libertarian Party, encourage voters to register Libertarian, and work with its county organizations to build their profile through activities such as county fair booths.
“More information about PROJECT GROUNDSWELL and the Libertarian Party of Oregon can be seen at www.lporegon.net.
Please email Tim Reeves at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Chair, Libertarian Party of Oregon”
(ED NOTE: The Tenth Amendment Center’s website can be found HERE.)