In an email received by IPR earlier tonight, Richard Burke, Our America Initiative Oregon State Director (2011 to present) Congratulates, Thanks and then Admonishes Libertarian Party of Oregon Libertarian Candidates About the Clear and Present Danger of Being Eliminated as Candidates in Oregon by an Exploding Meteor or Equivalent and Heroically Acts to Avert Disaster.
He closes by expressing his Understandable Regrets.
Apparently now that Project GroundSwell concluded with unimaginable success, bringing liberty in the form of an endorsement of Donald Trump to, not only Oregon, but all of the nation, the Oregon OAI State Director’s (nothing to report in the way of OAI NEWS in Oregon since April 2015, see below) attention has returned to the decades long preparations for the Court Ruling that will cause the Secretary of State’s office to do a 180 or perhaps have an aneurysm. (Guaranteed before the 2012 deadline for putting Gary Johnson on the Ballot.)
The e-Mail is reproduced without further snark below.
From: Richard Burke
Date: Jul 28, 2016 7:40 PM
Subject: Your 2016 Candidacy for Partisan Public Office
To: Richard Burke
Cc: Ian Epstein, Tim Reeves, Greg Burnett, Lars Hedbor
Dear Fellow Libertarian,
You are receiving this email because you have won a vote-by-mail ballot which purports to be the mechanism by which the Libertarian Party of Oregon nominates candidates to the 2016 general election ballot.
Congratulations on your victory, and thank you for stepping up!
You may not be aware that the legitimacy of the vote-by-mail ballot is in question. This ballot was run under the auspices of organizational documents which were purportedly adopted in a March 31, 2011 monthly State Committee meeting, not a properly noticed business convention of LPO members as called for by the organizational documents on file at the time. Video and other evidence exists which documents this.
The legitimate organizational documents, meaning those adopted by members in properly noticed business conventions, call for candidates to be nominated exclusively through properly noticed candidate nominating conventions – not by means of a vote-by-mail ballot. ORS 248.009(1) require that minor political parties file organizational documents describing processes to nominate candidates and requires that they adhere to those processes when doing do. What is not clear is whether or not nominations made under the auspices of illegitimate or fraudulently filed organizational documents are legally valid.
Until the underlying controversy is resolved, the Oregon Secretary of State has provided for both groups of Libertarians, each operating in accordance with their respective organizational documents, to function under the name “Libertarian Party of Oregon.” Both (sic) groups will be submitting candidate nominations to the Oregon Secretary of State which will presumably decide which slate of candidates will appear on the ballot.
At present, the PAC which conducted the vote-by-mail ballot has control of the Libertarian Party’s ballot line in Oregon and is recognized by the Oregon Secretary of State. Because the election officials are barred by U.S. Supreme Court rulings from interfering with internal party governance, the Secretary of State’s office took this position by adhering to an unwritten policy of taking direction from the person who was the “Chair of Record” just prior to the dispute.
If such remains the case for this election cycle, you need do nothing. But if the Secretary of State’s office changes its position, and the organizational documents authorizing vote-by-mail ballots are determined to be illegitimate, it is possible that your nomination could be jeopardized. We don’t want this to happen which is why we are contacting you now.
In an effort to ensure your nomination remains valid no matter what the Secretary of State’s office does, we invite you to participate in the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s August 7th candidate nominating convention. This convention is being run by the PAC that is operating according to organizational documents adopted and amended by members in properly noticed conventions. If you are nominated at this convention, given your victory in the vote-by-mail ballot, your nomination is likely to be secure no matter what the Secretary of State ultimately decides.
Please bring identification and, ideally, proof of your status as a Libertarian voter in the State of Oregon (we will have a list, but lists are not perfect). You may nominate yourself or you may be nominated by another participating registered Oregon Libertarian. There is no charge or fee to participate as a delegate, candidate, or both.
The event will be held at noon on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the offices of PrimeOne Advocates, located at 7100 SW Hampton in Tigard, 97223 (Commerce Plaza Office Complex). This event was advertised in multiple newspapers of general circulation as required in ORS 248.009(3), which require 10 day notice. Written notice was also provided to “Regular” dues-paying members of the LPO. Examples of both will be on hand.
To assist you, attached you will find PDF versions of the legitimate organizational documents of the Libertarian Party of Oregon along with adopted convention rules. If you have questions, please contact me at your convenience. We regret this complication and wish you only the best. Thank you.
Yours in Liberty,
Richard P. Burke, Secretary
cc: Ian Epstein (LPO Chair), Tim Reeves (LPO Vice Chair), Greg Burnett (LPO Treasurer), Lars Hedbor
(Ed Note: OAI’s Oregon Page as it appeared on 28 July 2016.)