Tag Archives: FEC

Senate bill for revised FEC would require one non-major party

from Ballot Access News
Senate Bill for Revised FEC Would Require One Non-Major Party Commissioner

August 11th, 2009

On August 7, U.S. Senators Russell Feingold and John McCain introduced S.1648. It would replace the Federal Election Commission with a Federal Election Administration. The new body would have three members. All three would need to have different party affiliations than any of the others.

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Coverage varies on the release of FEC 2008 election results

from an opinion piece by IPR Contributor Kimberly Wilder at Onthewilderside.com:

FEC releases 2008 prez/congressional vote count: mixed media response

Ballot Access News is a site which focuses on why and how independent and third party candidates have so many ballot access hurdles to overcome. So, when the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) released its report on votes in the 2008 US Presidential race and Congressional races this week, Ballot Access covered the story in a straightforward way, and the FEC link was given.

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FEC releases official popular vote count from 2008 presidential election

The Federal Election Commission has released its “2008 presidential popular vote summary for all candidates listed on at least one state ballot.” The results:

  • Barack Obama (Democrat) 69,498,516 [52.93%]
  • John McCain (Republican) 59,948,323 [45.65%]
  • Ralph Nader (Independent, Peace and Freedom) 739,034 [0.56%]
  • Bob Barr (Libertarian) 523,715 [0.40%]
  • Chuck Baldwin (Constitution/Reform/U.S. Taxpayers) 199,750 [0.15%]
  • Cynthia McKinney (Green, Independent, Mountain) 161,797 [0.12%]
  • Write-In (Miscellaneous) 112,597 [0.09%]
  • Alan Keyes (America’s Independent) 47,746 [0.04%]
  • Ron Paul (Constitution, Louisiana Taxpayers) 42,426 [0.03%]
  • Gloria La Riva (Socialism and Liberation) 6,818 [0.01%]
  • Brian Moore (Liberty Union, Socialist) 6,538
  • None of These Candidates [Nevada only] 6,267
  • Róger Calero (Socialist Workers) 5,151
  • Richard Duncan (Independent) 3,905
  • James Harris (Socialist Workers) 2,424
  • Charles Jay (Boston Tea Party/Independent) 2,422
  • John Joseph Polachek (New) 1,149
  • Frank Edward McEnulty (Unaffiliated) 829
  • Jeffrey J.
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    FEC Loosens up on some groups

    (excerpt from) The New York Times, “The Caucus” via US Election Atlas
    Election Commission Loosens Up On Some Groups

    By Bernie Becker / April 24, 2009

    The Federal Election Commission issued two rulings this week that continued a move toward a looser interpretation of election laws and could mean an increase in the use of loosely regulated, independent political groups in the 2010 midterm elections.

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    FEC considering disclosure exemption for Socialist Workers Party

    (excerpt from) Ballot Access News
    FEC Likely to Rule on Extension of Disclosure Exemption for Socialist Workers Party
    March 15th, 2009

    Within the next few weeks, it is likely that the Federal Election Commission will rule on a request by the Socialist Workers Party for an extension of its exemption from reporting who contributes to its federal campaigns.

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    Good news for Mike Gravel, regarding campaign debts

    The follow is from Congressional Quarterly. For those of you wondering how this relates to third parties, Mike Gravel was a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president this year.

    Gravel Could Still Get Federal Matching Funds

    Democratic candidate Mike Gravel could apparently get federal matching funds for his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, thanks to a vote by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that overruled an opinion by the agency’s counsel.… Read more ...

    Ralph Nader asks U.S. Attorney to investigate 2004 Pennsylvania challenge

    Posted at Ballot Access News

    On September 24, attorneys for Ralph Nader sent a letter to the U.S. attorney in Scranton, Pennsylvania, asking him to open an investigation into likely illegal acts committed by the people who challenged his 2004 Pennsylvania petition, and similar acts committed in 2006 against the Green Party’s petition.

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    Bob Barr campaign broke?

    Susan Davis reports:

    In perhaps the most desperate sounding e-mail solicitation yet this election cycle, third party Libertarian candidate Bob Barr’s campaign manager sent out a plea today to supporters to raise $15,000 each day this week—or else.

    Under the subject line, “Have I said or done something to offend you?” Russ Verney writes, “You see, I have to report that unless we receive and immediate cash infusion of $85,000, our progress will stop dead in its tracks.

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    Nader on Obama and Israel; gets $411,000 in federal matching funds

    A new message at votenader.org

    Why is it important to have Ralph Nader on the ballot in November?

    Without him, the plight of the Palestinian people will not be an issue in this year’s election.

    How do we know?

    Because Obama/McCain stand with the militaristic right wing AIPAC lobby in the United States.

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    Kubby celebrates an anniversary

    I worked with Steve Kubby on his recent campaign for the LP Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations. Although we did not win, we came close to getting the VP nomination. In this letter to supporters, Steve talks about how far he has come and what he plans to do next. I know he has (or at least had) plans on seeking down-ticket political office in the future, although he does not discuss that here, and I haven’t talked to him about it lately.… Read more ...