The following is reproduced with permission of its author, Dr. George Phillies. “Bennett” refers to LFV’s own Chris Bennett. The donation offer is open to anyone who contributes to LPMass at the http://www.LPMass.Org web site, either to the Federal or state account.
I regret to report that the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office has just reversed its stand on candidate substitution for President and Vice President in Massachusetts. Last fall, they said it was allowed; they now say it is mostly forbidden.
I have contacted the ACLU, and spoken to their lead attorney. I have informed the National Party and the Barr campaign leadership. The National Party, which has now agreed to pay the bulk of the petitioning effort, believes that ‘continue with current drive and try to change the ruling’ is the way to go, so that is what we are doing. If the process of changing the ruling goes through, Phillies/Bennett is replaced with Barr/Root. If not, our ticket in Massachusetts this year will be Phillies/Bennett. In either case, Bob Underwood will be on the ballot.
If you use the distributed forms to collect signatures, remember that each raw signature is worth $1.70 to the National Party. Also, any money that you donate at LPMASS.ORG for ballot access will be matched, up to another $5000 in matching funds. I’ve already put in $1300 of my own money on spec–I gave it as matching funds, but put it in when needed even though it has not yet been matched.
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