Wes Benedict: Three New People Join Libertarian Party Headquarters Team


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Three new people join Libertarian Party Headquarters team

I’d like to publicly recognize and thank Arthur DiBianca for his ten years of work for the Libertarian Party. He has managed our database, helped assemble fundraising letters, edited nearly everything I have ever written, and recruited and supported many candidates. Recently, Mr. DiBianca left staff to pursue other projects. He will be greatly missed. Many thanks to him for all that he has done for our Party and cause over the years.
As Executive Director, I seek to recruit the best talent available to help our party grow and prosper. Today, I’m very pleased to announce three new members of the Libertarian Party Headquarters team: Elizabeth Brierly, Lauren Daugherty, and Andy Burns.

Elizabeth Brierly is a long-time Libertarian Party of California activist where she served five years on the executive committee. She ran for State Board of Equalization in 2002 and managed the campaign of Libertarian Terry Savage for Assembly, which raised $50,000 in a three-way race. She has edited and designed several libertarian books. Ms. Brierly served as president of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association and helped to defeat a 2006 sales tax. She



was part of a research team that published a study on the true cost of taxation, which was presented to the Congressional House Ways & Means Committee in 2000. She has done public relations work for the Independent Institute and holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA.

Ms. Brierly will be working with Political Director Carla Howell to serve as Assistant Editor for LP News and Liberty Pledge.

Lauren Daugherty served as the executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, LP Texas raised over $145,000, put 132 candidates on ballots across the state, and established branding standards. Prior to that Ms. Daugherty worked at FreedomWorks in Washington, DC, where she executed a rapid expansion of their direct-mail program, and the Leadership Institute, in Arlington, VA, where she oversaw campus outreach at northeastern schools, managed four field staff, and spoke Laurenregularly at training seminars across the country. She holds a BA from Emory University where she served as Chair of the College Republicans (don’t worry–she’s a real Libertarian now) and MAs from Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of World Politics.

Ms. Daugherty will help us with fundraising and membership growth.

Andy Burns joins us from Minnesota, where he has served as executive director of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. He raised the state party’s annual revenues from $5,800 to over $45,000 and managed a 2014 statewide petitioning effort which collected 13,000 Andy Burnssignatures for 5 candidates in just 14 days. During Mr. Burns’ leadership, LP Minnesota also increased their nonpartisan elected officials from zero to five and established branding standards for the organization. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Mr. Burns will serve as our State Affiliate Development Specialist.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Brierly, Lauren Daugherty, and Andy Burns to the team.

Right now, we are raising funds to prepare for 2016 — what may be the most important year in our party’s history.
Building our team at Headquarters with highly qualified people is imperative to our future success. I am grateful for a generous contribution of $20,000 which was given recently for this.

If you too would like to invest in our Headquarters staff and our ability to serve you, please help by donating here.
On behalf of all of us here at Headquarters, it is an honor to serve you every day. Thank you.

Yours in Liberty,

Wes Benedict

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16 thoughts on “Wes Benedict: Three New People Join Libertarian Party Headquarters Team

  1. George Whitfield

    Thank you to Arthur DiBianca. The three new teams members are well-experienced with great performance. Congratulations and best wishes to them. The Libertarian Party is fortunate to have them join the HQ team.

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I don’t know Elizabeth Brierly well, but everytime I see her at conventions and other events, she’s upbeat and friendly. Oh, and she’s also very pretty! I love it when smart women are also very attractive. Anyway, I’m pleased to hear of her involvement with the national LP.

    Good luck to all three newbies!

  3. NewFederalist

    Sorry to be the one to bring this up but how can the LNC afford three new people? I keep getting mailings saying things are grim and money is needed NOW! What am I missing?

  4. Nicholas Sarwark

    Lauren does similar things that Art did, so that’s a replacement.

    Elizabeth does some of the things that Eric did before he left, so a partial replacement.

    I solicited a major donor to fund the majority of Andy’s position before he was brought on because it’s that important for the national party to help build strong state affiliates.

  5. Andy

    It is great that three Libertarian activists have been hired to work at the Libertarian Party national office, but this begs the following question: Why aren’t more Libertarian activists being hired to work on Libertarian Party petition drives?

    I think that most Libertarian Party members would be rightfully outraged if Democrats or Republicans or unphilosophical mercenaries were hired to work at the Libertarian Party national office, but where is the outrage over Democrats, Republicans, and unphilosophical mercenaries being hired to work as Libertarian Party ballot access petitioners?

    Libertarian Party ballot access petitioners have one of the most important jobs in the party, because not only do they get the party on the ballot, they are also the public face of the party for a lot of people. Many people will never see any Libertarian Party candidates on TV, and they will never read about them in a newspaper or magazine, and they will never visit the websites for the party or the candidates. There are a lot of people out there who will never even meet a Libertarian in person.

    Libertarian Party ballot access petitioners come in contact with thousands of people, and during the course of a ballot access cycle, if you count all of the ballot access petitioners together, they come in contact will millions of people. Not everyone signs their petitions, so ballot access petitioners talk to a lot more people than actually sign. Say a ballot access petition circulator gets 100 signatures in a day, they could have easily talked to 1,000 people to get those 100 signatures. Let’s say they gathered 100 signatures per day for a week, which is 700 signatures, and each day let’s say that one out of ten people signed (sometimes one out of five may sign, or even one out of three may sign, but other times it could be one out of twenty that sign, or one out of fifty may sign, and so on and so forth). So to get 700 signatures in one week, this ballot access petition circulator had to talk to 7,000 people. Let’s say that there were two more petition circulators doing the same volume, so that would mean 2,100 signatures, and it would also mean that they had to talk to 21,000 people.

    Now some of the conversations are going to be short, as in, “Excuse me, if you are a registered voter, could you sign this petition so the Libertarian Party can have candidates on the ballot in the next election?” or something like this, and the person may reply, “No.” and walk away, however, there are other people who will come up and ask questions. They may ask questions about the process, or about the party, or the candidates or candidates, or about the philosophy, or about a particular issue.

    I think that it is much better to have an actual, real, bona fide Libertarian there to field these questions, rather than a Democrat or a Republican or an unphilosophical mercenary, and let’s just face the fact that most of the petition business is made up of unphilosophical mercenaries and other non-libertarians.

    Ever wonder how crappy, anti-liberty ballot initiatives qualify for the ballot. It is because of unphilosophical mercenary petition circulators, and other non-libertarians in the petition business.

    Ever hear about petition circulators getting caught lying to get people to sign petitions, or getting questioned about a petition and not knowing what in the hell they are talking about? Once again, you can thank unphilosophical mercenary petitioners for this.

    Don’t think that this has not happened on Libertarian Party drives, because it has. The Libertarian Party has repeatedly hired unphilosophical mercenaries who misrepresent petitions, get low validity (sometimes intentionally, so they can pad their numbers with the hope of getting paid more money and not getting caught, which they generally have not been caught), and in some cases, the Libertarian Party has actually had paid petitioners out on the streets who did not even know what a Libertarian is, and could not even pronounce the name of the party. I know of cases where the LP had paid petitioners out on the street who called the Libertarian Party the Liberation Party, and the Liberal Party, and these people had no idea who any of the candidates were or where the Libertarian Party stood on the issues. Yeah, that’s right, this was YOUR DONOR DOLLARS AT WORK (to all of you LP donors out there, myself included).

    I recently did an analysis of the LNC’s ballot access payments for 2012, and I found that something like 76% or 77% (or possibly a little higher) of the money that the LNC paid out for ballot access went to non-libertarian mercenary petition circulators.

    Libertarian petition circulators are the only ones who can be relied on to consistently bring in good validity, and also to properly represent the petitions and the party and the philosophy to the public, and to engage in any actual field outreach, which is something that the party is severely lacking.

    So given these facts, why is it that that we have an LP national office staff which is filled 100% with actual Libertarians (which is a good thing), but when it comes to ballot access petition drives, where Libertarian Party ballot access petition circulators come in contact with literally millions of people, and are in a lot of ways the public face of the party, 76% or 77% or higher of the LNC’s budget goes to pay people who are not even libertarians, to go out and represent, or in some cases, misrepresent, the party and the philosophy to the public?

    The above percentages should be the other way around, as in 76% or 77% or higher, of the ballot access petitioning work should be spent hiring actual Libertarians (non-libertarian mercenaries should only be used to fill in any gaps), and the drives should be conducted in more outreach oriented manner. Libertarian Party ballot access petition circulators should always be armed with Libertarian flyers, pamphlets, cards, bumper stickers, etc…, and they should also have contact sheets for people that they encounter in the public who are interested in the party to sign, which include mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Every ballot access cycle should generate thousands of new contacts for the Libertarian Party, and the party should have people who follow up with every contact (as in actually call them or email them or send them a letter asking them to join the party as dues paying members).

  6. Nicholas Sarwark

    And weren’t you working on a Libertarian Party petition drive in Arkansas just a few months ago?

    (This one’s cheating, since I went out and collected volunteer signatures with Andy and Paulie the night before I spoke at the Arkansas convention. Good times.)

  7. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Is Elizabeth moving out there? Someone on FB asked me, but I didn’t know the answer.

  8. paulie

    And weren’t you working on a Libertarian Party petition drive in Arkansas just a few months ago?

    (This one’s cheating, since I went out and collected volunteer signatures with Andy and Paulie the night before I spoke at the Arkansas convention. Good times.)

    Yes it was, and yes we did. Not sure if I said thank you for doing that yet. If I did, thank you again, and if I didn’t, thank you for coming out and getting volunteer signatures with us.

    In between Arkansas and Oklahoma I worked for LP ballot access in Jefferson County, Alabama. Andy was invited, but the pay was chicken feed, so he spent most of that time not working and waiting around on court appearances in Arkansas that turned out to be a total waste of time (rescheduled for later) and a little bit of it working on an unrelated project (not LP).

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