“FairDebates is a DBA of Our America Initiative which is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee that may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors. Contributions and gifts to FairDebates are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. FairDebates, although not a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates, is proud to help finance the lawsuit through its fundraising efforts and to support the plaintiffs and their lawyers in other ways. ©2015 Fair Debates. All Rights Reserved. A project of Our America Initiative.” Source: http://www.fairdebates.com.
The release states:
“June 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT — Ramping up the fight to insure that the 2016 general election presidential debates include all qualified candidates, the Our America Initiative has launched a new website, FairDebates.com, to provide up-to-date information about the debates and opportunities to become engaged in the effort.
“The Our America Initiative is a nonprofit advocacy organization that supports civil liberties, economic freedom and smaller government. The organization is coordinating a legal challenge to Republican and Democrat (sic) control of nationally-televised presidential debates. Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson serves as Our America’s Honorary Chairman.
“Announcing the launch of the FairDebates.com, Our America senior advisor Ron Nielson said,
“Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans today believe that neither the Republican nor the Democratic party represents them. Yet, the private Commission on Presidential Debates — created by the two major parties — has created rules for participation in their debates that make it virtually impossible for third party or independent candidates to appear on the national debate stage. That is just wrong. FairDebates.com will serve as a gathering place on the web where concerned Americans, activists, and supporters of fair, inclusive debates can stay informed, learn what they can do, and become active participants in this critical effort to give Americans the opportunity to see and hear all the qualified candidates for President, not just the Republican and Democrat (sic) nominees.”
“The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors. Contributions and gifts to Our America Initiative are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.
“Our America Initiative PO Box 1985, Salt Lake City, UT 84114 1-800-662-9601
Contact: Joe Hunter
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The website, www.fairdebates.com, establishes the standard for “qualified” as ” those candidates “on enough state ballots to get elected as the President of the United States by the Electoral College.”
The website states that: “The official-sounding and acting Commission on Presidential Debates is, in reality, a private organization created by the Republican and Democrat (sic) parties and funded by special interests whose goal is to protect the status quo.”
The website lists an address for FairDebates as:
“10 West Broadway Suite 500 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101”
This is identical to the address on the website for Chris Warton, JD.
IPR readers who wish to contribute to (“invest in”) the FairDebates efforts may do so by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) through Authorizenet, via PayPal, or by Fundly HERE, or by landmail to “Our America Initiative dba Fair Debates, Fair Debates, P.O. Box 1985, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-1985. Join the fight for Fair Debates! Support the excluded 2012 candidates – Jill Stein and Gary Johnson – their campaigns, the Green and the Libertarian parties to fight for Fair Debates for ALL future presidential candidates. Your donation to help fund the CPD lawsuit could be the single most important contribution you make to our future in the United States of America.”
At the time of this article (5PM EST 24 June 2015) Fundly reported: “$9,841.00 raised from 199 donors with 21 days left.”
IPR readers who wish to sign a petition may do so HERE. “With the help of concerned individuals like yourself, FairDebates.com which is a DBA of Our America Initiative although not a plaintiff, is proud to help finance the lawsuits and advocacy activities to change the Presidential debates through its fundraising efforts and to support the plaintiffs and their lawyers in other ways.”
The website also urges readers to spread the word by:
“Following us on social media and sharing our posts. Talk about it. Most Americans still don’t know the presidential debate game is rigged, how it’s rigged or who is rigging it. Invite your friends here to FairDebates.com to learn more.
“Volunteer to talk to others about FairDebates.com at events or meetings.
“Join the Fair Debates action groups around Facebook for other ideas on how to spread the word.
“Reach beyond social media by:
“Contributing information in the comments section on relative articles around the web. Setting up a google alert for “Commission on Presidential Debates” will help you stay up to date on the most recent articles to comment on.
“Inviting others to visit FairDebates.com to learn more.
“Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Explain how the official Presidential Debates should include all electable candidates, why the polling criteria is unfair, and how they can help compel the CPD to remove the polling criteria. Invite them to visit this website to learn more.
“Write the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Tell them you want Fair Debates which include all candidates who achieve the ballot access required to mathematically win the Presidential Election. Explain how this can be achieved by simply removing the bizarre polling criteria that requires candidates to achieve a score in polls that don’t even include their names. http://www.fec.gov/pages/contact.shtml
“Write the CPD. Considering that the two parties have been controlling this game via the CPD since the 1980’s, it’s unlikely they’ll change just because you say so, but you could let the CPD know that you’re on to their game and you don’t like it. They are taking comments here through July 10, 2015: http://debates.org/feedback-form
“Learn the history of the Presidential Debates and share it with others. Sometimes people just need to see that something has been going on way too long and then they’ll decide it’s time to get involved.
“Volunteer to talk to others about FairDebates.com at events or meetings. (The website offers an online form to tell how you would like to help.)
ED NOTE: Regarding the (sic) notations above, see, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democrat_Party_(epithet)