e-mail blast via the Libertarian Party:
Dear Libertarian supporter,
Do you want to absolutely, positively give Libertarian Party candidates the best possible chance of being on the ballot in all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, in 2016?
In several states, fearful Republican office holders have made it far harder for the LP to put our candidates on the ballot. They’ve increased signatures requirements, moved up filing deadlines, and imposed high filing fees.
Here’s the good news: We can overcome these hurdles and obstacles created by our political opponents.
You, I and our fellow Libertarian Party members have a terrific track record for getting our presidential ticket on the ballot in more states than any other third party.
This makes the LP the most credible and respected party ticket to run on outside the machinery of the two old parties.
Because of this, we’ve attracted blue chip candidates for our presidential ticket. Among them:
- Governor Gary Johnson
- Congressmen Ron Paul
- Best-selling author Harry Browne.
- US Senator Mike Gravel
- Congressmen Bob Barr
- California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray
These luminaries brought in new members and activists to the LP, spread our Libertarian ideas and solutions far and wide, and won millions of Libertarian votes.
We urgently need your help now to get our presidential ticket on the ballot for 2016. We need to pay early petitioning, lobbying and legal costs that are already piling up for election year 2016.
Because early petitioning is far less expensive. Plus:
- Early petitioning prevents many mistakes – and allows time to recover from any we make.
- It staves off challenges by our political opponents.
- It doesn’t just put our presidential ticket on the ballot. In some states, it also puts our state and local candidates on the ballot as well. Big benefit for us!
- Getting our presidential ticket on the ballot very often “primes the pump” and encourages many Libertarians to run for other offices in the state.
- A strong top-of-ticket presidential candidate pulls votes for candidates up and down the ballot. It motivates libertarian supporters to go the polls and vote.
Results? In 2012, 15.7 million votes were cast for Libertarian Party candidates.
Ballot access is the Libertarian Party’s lifeblood.
With 2016 approaching fast, we’re already out of the gate, building for ballot access in the presidential election.
We need your help today to replenish our ballot access funds and build for upcoming drives.
We’re wrapping up a major petition drive in Arkansas, which has resulted in not only presidential access but a spike in the number of Libertarian candidates over the past three years since we got full ballot access in the state for the first time.
Great news in Oklahoma, traditionally one of the toughest states for ballot access and a state where the LP has not been on the ballot since 2000.
We paid a lobbyist to ensure house bill HB 2181 got passed– and it paid off big time. Enacted in May, the bill lowers the signature requirement in 2016 for ballot access from 41,188 to 24,712 signatures – still a challenge, but doable.
These Arkansas and Oklahoma efforts combined cost us $28,047.50 – and we’ve only raised $16,578.25 so far to cover them. We need another $11,469.25 to replenish our ballot access budget.
We expect to petition in at least two more states this year – South Dakota and Kentucky – which will cost another $27,500. That’s a total of $38,969.25 that we now know we must raise to fund these 2015 ballot efforts.
Ballot access is grinding, hard work. Lots of management and coordinating of activities. Forms to file. Lawsuits. Lobbying. Collecting, counting, sorting and turning in thousands upon thousands of petition signatures.
Most of this hard work is done by our more active state affiliates and by paid petitioners funded by you and other Libertarian Party members.
The result is what has allowed us to achieve ballot status in thirty states coming off of last year’s election – the highest ever after a midterm and far more than any other third party.
Do you want the LP to continue to be the go-to party that attracts the highest profile candidates and enrolls thousands of new, young Libertarians?
Do you want to see our Libertarian nominee on the general election ballot as an alternative to, say, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush?
Do you want to see our 2016 presidential Libertarian candidate on the ballot in all fifty states, plus D.C. – so that every single voter in every state has the opportunity to cast a vote for liberty?
Please donate today to almost GUARANTEE that our Libertarian Party candidates are on the ballot in virtually every state in America.
If your finances permit, would you, could you donate $5,000 today? It would pay for two thirds of our 2015 Kentucky ballot drive – a huge boost to our efforts.
Maybe you have the means to donate $1,500, which would pay for 750 voter signatures. If so, would you please donate $1,500 today?
Your $400 donation enables us to collect 200 precious petition signatures. If this is affordable for you, would you donate today?
Every little bit helps. We rely on your donations of $250, $125, and $35 to fund our ballot access efforts. If you can, please donate whatever is affordable to you today.
Thank you for your support. 2016 here we come!
Yours in liberty,
National Libertarian Party