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Barr campaign hiring computer specialists

In Libertarian on June 29, 2008 at 9:13 pm

From Bob Barr campaign site:

The Barr 2008 Campaign and Terra Eclipse are looking for exceptionally talented designers and developers who want to join our teams in California and Georgia to help elect Bob Barr.

We are currently seeking to hire the following positions:

* Site Designer
* LAMP Web Developer
* Web/Graphic Designer

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A note to all those dedicated paid LP petitioners

In Activism, First Amendment, Fraud, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Libertarian Politics 2008, Lies and the lying liars who tell them, Protest on June 29, 2008 at 8:23 pm

To Andy, Paulie, Mark, Gary and all those libertarian activist/paid petitioners:

You are getting screwed by LPHQ! They do not appreciate the hard work you have done for the party as a paid petitioner/activist. They marginalize your abilities to produce signatures. They pay mercenary/renegade petitioners more money and don’t give a fuck about the Libertarian Party and just do it for the quick dollar.

We just finished up a petition drive here in Illinois to put our presidential and US Senate candidates on the ballot and depended on many of you to help us our candidates on the ballot. I did validity rates on many petitioners, paid and volunteer. We had a crew from Chicago that “round-tabled” petitions to make that quick buck. Luckily, I (not National) caught their devious shenanigans after the second signature pickup and were promptly fired. Unfortunately, we spent about 10K for those signatures and most were not used in the final turn-in last Monday. We are very fortunate that we were able to stop that debacle and collect better signature to ensure we will not have to endure a challenge but it came at a cost. I appreciate you and had I run our petition drives across the country it would have been done differently.

Our top gunners should get paid more than these mercenaries only because the party has a history with them and knows what quality signatures you’re able to produce. Obviously, LPHQ is not very efficient with petition drives.

Here’s a few suggestions I would like to make for those paid/activist, Libertarian petitioners currently working in various states.

-If you are currently collecting signatures, do not stop until the drive is done. If the LPHQ ever gets its head out of their asses and start doing things better, they will need you in the future.

-After that drive is done, don’t work on LP ballot access drives in other states. Look to work for other parties and/or pro-freedom initiatives in other states. If LPHQ hires these mercenary petitioners and produce lower validity rates that cause the National ticket to be on less state ballots than their goal, LPHQ will realize that they should have never screwed you guys over.

-Continue to work on LP ballot access drives across the country but realize that you may or may not get paid. Angela Keaton has warned us that the LP will go broke by the end of the election. The LP has opportunists within the party who do fundraising and collect a 40 percent commission, which is ludicrous; the party gets what the party deserves but it may take months before you get paid for your services. Besides do you want to work for a party who devalues your time, effort and pride by paying YOU less for producing better results? The choice is yours; I’m merely making suggestions.

Haugh demands ballot petitions be burned

In Libertarian on June 29, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:03:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Question about Alabama
From: sean.haugh at
To: markpickens at
CC: scott at; robert.kraus at

Mark, I just received evidence that Gary Fincher is working in Massachusetts on our drive through you. I have told you before that this is completely unacceptable. I am now going to call the LPMA and instruct them to burn (quite literally) any signatures collected by Gary, whether they paid for them or not. I had warned them too.

Since it’s obvious that I can’t trust you to keep Fincher away from our petitions, I cannot work with you any longer. I’ll figure out some other way to keep Paul. This decision is final, and frankly I’m very

yours in liberty –

UPDATE: Gary Fincher responds

From: Liberty Crusader
Subject: Massachusetts Burning
To: sean.haugh at
Cc: richardwinger at, wredpath at, chair at, phillies at
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2008, 1:15 PM

Sean, one of the voters whose petition signature you threatened to burn is a New Bedford, Massachusetts police officer whom I will be meeting with later this weekend. He and I will be discussing the Massachusetts law making it illegal to “alter, deface, mutilate, destroy or suppress” an official Masachusetts nomination petition.

By the way, although I refuse to work on petitions for national (obviously, you’ve seen my resignation letter, tendered 9/29/07), I nevertheless am perfectly willing and able to work on petitions through the state parties, and will do so whenever I good and feel like it, as I’m in high demand for my services by thrilled state party ballot access coordinators. Do you understand?

My hunch is that your days as political director for this party are numbered. Let’s see how this unfolds over the next days or weeks as news breaks around the party of your eagerness to waste donors scarce resources in destroying perfectly valid, paid-for signatures (such of which are 2,000 freshly turned in this weekend).

Yours in REAL liberty,


Jim Davidson: “The Rotting Carcass of LP National”

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on June 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm

What’s wrong with the Libertarian Party? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with the party in principle. Not too much is wrong with the party’s platform at this point. Clearly, nothing is wrong with the LP’s most active enthusiasts, the ones who do all the work, write all the blogs, and contribute most of the money – because those people are hard at work in this party, in the Personal Choice party, and in the Liberty party, to name a few places.

But something is wrong with the LP leadership, organization, and key personnel. There is a mighty stench of corruption which makes it too foul for many of us to work there. It is hard to get people to contribute money to an organization they suspect of corruptly allocating their money. It is hard to get people to volunteer for a party organization that ignores their opinions and uses party funds to benefit particular candidates before the nominations convention. It is hard to get people to work for a campaign that does not represent their core values.

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Hat tip Brad Spangler

Post-show wrap-up

In Libertarian on June 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. George Phillies for appearing on LFV Live! last night,and for his kindness in rescheduling when we experienced technical difficulties on Friday evening.  We discussed many topics, including ballot access and the inclusion of his name on the ballot in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as the legal fight to have Barr’s name placed on the Massachusetts ballot.  We also took callers, and even took some questions and comments out of the chat room.  I would therefore also like to thank our listeners, who made some very interesting observations and questions during the show.

A little over halfway through the show, I lost my connection to blogtalk.  Paulie Cannoli was helping me host the show, and he also got disconnected.  Since I no longer had access to the switchboard, I didn’t realize he was no longer on until George asked him a question, and had no way of bringing him back on live.  I also lost my access to the chat room, so I was unable to see what listeners were writing after that point.  I apologize for the difficulties.