The contribution countdown ticker at BobBarr2008.com has topped $1 million for the first time.
This caps off what deputy campaign manager Shane Cory describes as a wild week
Earlier this week, we received word that our case in Texas — where both John McCain and Barack Obama failed to certify their place on the ballot by the deadline — was denied.
The Texas Supreme Court denied it without comment. The order simply read, “The following petition for Writ of Mandamus is denied.”
The court did not even bother to make an argument as to why it’s acceptable for the two major parties to ignore the law.
If that’s not evidence of a double standard, I’m not sure what is.
Given our limited financial resources and limited time, we cannot appeal the decision at this time.
But here’s some great news!
Earlier this week, we won our substitution case in Massachusetts and will be on the ballot in the Bay State.
The following day, word came out of Baton Rouge that we won our case in Louisiana and will be on the ballot there as well!
We’re now on the ballot in 46 states and are awaiting word and action in Maine, Connecticut and Oklahoma.
Cory goes on to describe the future plans of the campaign:
Today, we’re kicking off our radio campaign in targeted states! Click here to listen to the first ad.
Next week, we begin our national television campaign.
We’re getting a heck of a deal on our radio spots and paying about $2 per spot.
Barr has recently published pieces asking to be included in the bailout discussions, as well as an op-ed in USA today asking to be included in the debates. He has called on the bailout to be rejected and offered to take McCain’s place in a debate with Obama.
If Obama does not accept, Barr will appear tonight in a live “counter-debate” at Reason magazine:
Please join reason, either in person or online, for a live counter-debate on Friday, Sept. 26, with Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, who will respond to John McCain, Barack Obama and moderator Jim Lehrer in real time. We will be live-blogging Barr’s responses at Hit & Run, and videotaping the whole proceedings, which will include a brief post-debate Q&A with reason staffers, bloggers, and other interested parties. The fun begins at 8:00 PM, the debate starts at 9:00 sharp, and the drinks will be provided by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. In a year rich with libertarian politics, the only place you’ll hear a candidate talking libertarian ideas will be in reason’s Washington headquarters.
What: Bob Barr debates the presidential debaters
When: Friday, September 26, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Reason HQ, 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW (near S Street)
RSVPs: A must. Send e-mail to email@example.com, or call 310.391.2245.