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Saturday, December 19, 2015


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Enter and Win! Campaign for Liberty AR-15 Sweepstakes

 Friend of Liberty,

"Never let a crisis go to waste."

It's been the go-to page of Barack Obama's playbook since his first day in office.

And after the recent San Bernardino murders, Barack Obama and his cronies in Congress are hell-bent on gutting even more of our Second Amendment freedoms.

But Campaign for Liberty refuses to back down from asserting our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

So in the spirit of liberty and our U.S. Constitution, as soon as Barack Obama called for his latest gun ban, I immediately directed C4L staff to draw up plans for an AR-15 gun giveaway.

But the deadline to enter the AR-15 sweepstakes is 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2016.

So please submit your information above for your chance to win the AR-15 Obama doesn't want you to have. 

 For Liberty, 

 Ron Paul Chairman

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

STOP H.R. 1599

Stop the Ultimate Monsanto Protection Act before it's too late!

"Breaking: The Monsanto Protection Act is Back and WORSE than ever! Right now Monsanto and biotech lobbyists are scrambling in Washington DC to try to find enough U.S. Senators to pass a deceptive bill that will kill states’ rights to label genetically engineered foods and give the illusion of proper oversight of their untested GMOs and toxic weedkillers.

Even worse, a small group of Democrat and Republican Senators are working behind the 
scenes to pass the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act by sneaking a rider into a must pass spending bill that would permanently kill the GMO labeling movement in the U.S.

Monsanto already succeeded in passing this bill in the House this summer — US. Rep. Pompeo's / H.R. 1599, by a vote of 275 to 150 — and we need to make sure we stop their dangerous plan in the Senate.

We need all hands on deck to stop the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act and convince your Senators not to violate states' rights and kill GMO labeling and allow GMOsto be labeled "natural"!

This is a blatant power grab to deny Americans their basic right to know and protect flawed GMO products - and we can’t allow them to get away with it. We need your help today. Every voice counts!

To find out how your Congressman voted on House Vote 462 to pass H.R. 1599 - 275 to 150, click here."

Sign the Petition

Update: Submitted by Dave Murphy on Dec 11, 2015 

"RED ALERT: Right now a handful of members of Congress are trying to sneak a legislative rider into a must pass spending bill in a backroom deal - Stop Monsanto's GMO Trolls in Congress - Every voice counts!

This is it. Literally. The next 48 hours could decide whether Americans will win GMO labeling OR have transparency and freedom in our food supply, permanently stolen by a legislative trick known as a policy rider that is designed to preempt states’ rights and make it illegal for states to pass common sense GMO labeling bills, like Connecticut, Maine and Vermont have already successfully done.

As a result of our movement's recent successes and in a desperate effort to kill the growing national GMO labeling movement, a handful of Senators and Representatives are working desperately to sneak a rider in the must pass spending bill – called the Omnibus – that will turn the lights out on freedom, democracy and transparency in both our food and our political systems. Rumors from DC are that they are trying to wrap up negotiations this weekend.

We need to make sure they hear – Loud and Clear – that we won’t allow them to steal our basic democratic rights to protect Monsanto’s toxic profits.

1. Make a call today! This deal - the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act - could pass in the next 48 hours and we need your help today! Click here to tell your Senators to support mandatory GMO labeling and to stand up for your rights and the Constitution!

2. Click here to send a letter to your Senators today! Every voice counts!

Then SHARE this image far and wide to Stop Monsanto's GMO Trolls in the Senate!"

Sunday, November 8, 2015


“It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush-fires of freedom in the minds of men.” ~Samuel Adams~

Update: Audit the Fed Senate Blitz! The US. Senate will vote on Audit the Fed on January 12th! 

Help C4L turn the pressure up on Capitol Hill by pledging to call your Senators and tell them to vote YES on Audit the Fed!! Sign the petition

S.2232 Bill: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015
Petition: Audit The Fed Now
Facebook: Campaign For Liberty
Website: Campaign For Liberty

Liberty-Pac: Alright folks, it's time for another PUSH on Audit The Fed. US. Senator Rand Paul has re-introduced his fathers signature bill, Audit The Fed. under US. Senate bill: S.2232 | Nov 3, 2015 

Senator Paul introduced the bill using a procedural maneuver - escaping the stranglehold of the senate banking committee and bringing Audit the Fed S.2232 directly to the US. Senate floor within weeks, for a roll call vote.

Campaign for Liberty has just launched a massive grassroots mobilization program in support of this bill AUDIT THE FED NOW. The program is designed to crank up the pressure on the Senate, through targeted emails, internet adds, hard hitting op-eds, radio and TV adds. 

Directive: It's crucial we get the word out! Have your co-workers, acquaintances, family and activist friends spread the word far and wide on the social networks. For the more daring among us.... I challenge you to light up the capitol hill switch board @ (202) 224-3121 or contact your Senators directly and FORCE a roll Call Vote.

Thank you for time, consideration and continued support. And If you would, please sign the petition below.

Petition: Audit The Fed Now

Update: ✱✱✱ The U.S. Senate will vote on AUDIT THE FED January 12th, 2016✱✱✱
By: Rand Paul 2016 | Dec 18, 2015

Liberty-Pac: Update 12 January 2016, US. Senate Roll Call Vote on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act 2015. The US. Senate blocked AUDIT THE FED on a vote of 53 supporting and 44 against, just short of the 60 votes required to advance the bill.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 2nd Session
as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
Vote Summary
Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2232 )
Vote Number:2Vote Date:January 12, 2016, 02:31 PM
Required For Majority:3/5Vote Result:Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected
Measure Number:S.2232 (Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 )
Measure Title:A bill to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes.
Vote Counts:YEAs53
Not Voting3
Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---53
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Gardner (R-CO)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Perdue (R-GA)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sanders (I-VT)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
NAYs ---44
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Peters (D-MI)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
Not Voting - 3
Coats (R-IN)    Cruz (R-TX)  Franken (D-MN)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Cut Up Congress Card

Campaign for Liberty  Petition

Liberty-Pac: To all the political activists out their on the front lines. This campaigns success is up to each and every one of us. Yes we can choose sit idly by and see what happens next.....but for those courageous among us, I salute you! Now is the time. Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and DEMAND they oppose the Budget Control Act of 2015.

Dear friend of Liberty,

"I'm not going to beat around the bush. I'm counting on your IMMEDIATE action to help turn up the heat on Congress to stop America’s soaring national debt.

Not thirty years from now. Not twenty. Not ten. But NOW.

You see, outgoing speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have cut a dirty “deal” with President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid to increase domestic and defense spending by $80 billion dollars! 

 On top of that, this deal “suspends” the debt limit until March 2017, gifting the Big Spenders in DC an unlimited increase to Congress’ credit card through the 2016 election. 

And what's worse, Boehner's doing this for his heir apparent, Paul Ryan, who's desperately hoping this deal passes. 

"I didn’t want [Paul Ryan] to walk into a dirty barn of you know what," Boehner quipped. "I’ve done my best to try to clean it up.”

A "clean up" requiring a spending increase of nearly $100 billion and a suspension of the debt limit represents everything wrong with Washington, D.C. 

 While Paul Ryan has publically claimed he had nothing to do with this deal, at least one member of Congress has suggested Ryan was in cahoots with leadership! 

 If you and I don't turn up the heat on your representative and senators right now, I'm afraid the Obama-Ryan-Boehner regime will get the last laugh. 

 And with the vote on this massive spending increase scheduled in the House for tomorrow, its critical you act right away. 

The good news is DC-based press are reporting that House leadership might not have the votes to pass it. 

Meaning if you and I really put pressure on the House we could kill this dirty deal once and for all. Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and DEMAND they oppose the Budget Control Act of 2015, which suspends the debt limit and increases spending by $80 billion."

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ron Paul's Final Warning

Video: Ron Paul's Final Final Warning

PDF: Ron Pauls Final Warning 
Stansberry Research | 2015
Publication: America 2020 PDF
Survival Blueprint: Frequently Asked Questions

“Ron Paul former U.S. Presidential candidate and 22-year Congressman predicts the next huge disaster for America—worse than 2008, Black Monday and Great Depression—and how you should prepare to protect yourself, your family and your finances.”

“Stansberry Research is an independent financial research firm, recently partnered with former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, delivering unbiased investment intelligence to self-directed investors seeking an edge in a wide variety of sectors and market conditions. Stansberry experts produce a steady stream of timely research that covers topics such as value investing, maximizing income, energy-sector investing, resources, biotech, medical technologies, financials, technology, short-selling, macroeconomic analysis, and options trading. Stansberry’s unrelenting and compromised insight of market trends and analysis has made it one of the most respected and sought-after research organizations in the financial sector.

Founded in 1999 and based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Stansberry Research has nearly two dozen analysts and researchers– including former hedge-fund managers and buy-side financial experts – who publish proprietary insights to more than 350,000 individual subscribers in more than 100 countries.”

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Scott Rupert for US. Senate

Rupert Campaign for US. Senate 2016

"Government of, by, and for the people requires ordinary citizens like you and me to join in . It’s not enough to simply vote for a candidate forced on us by two political parties who have more interest preserving their power than securing our liberty. We must become part of government. To that end, I’ve taken on the challenge of winning a seat in the US Senate to represent the State of Ohio. 

I am an independent candidate (with a small “i”) because it is imperative the men and women on Capitol Hill be made to understand what is important to the people and to the States; namely, the preservation of the United States and the freedom to pursue the American Dream."

Scott Rupert for Ohio's US. Senate | Sept 15, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Campaign For Liberty | Sept. 29, 2015

Audit The Fed Blitz

“Friend of Liberty, 

This is show time.

My insider sources on Capitol Hill tell me the U.S. Senate could be ready to vote on my Audit The Fed bill (S.264) later this fall.

And the Federal Reserve and their slick insider pals set to launch yet another massive PR blitz to SMEAR those who want their secrecy and cronyism finally forced into the limelight, I’m not leaving ANYTHING to chance.

The good news is, thanks to the generosity of a very charitable Campaign for Liberty supporter, I’m formally launching a massive $200,000 nationwide Matching Grant Challenge to finally EXPOSE the Federal Reserve! 

That means every dollar you can give by September 30 will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

So please give as generously as you are able to help me reach the $200,000 Matching Grant goal to create maximum pressure on the U.S. Senate.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.”

For Liberty,


Audit The Fed Blitz

Contact your US. Senators, @ 
(202)-224-3121 and urge them to support (S.264) - Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Petraeus - Use Al-Qaeda To Fight ISIS

Ben Sawnn| September 3, 2015

“Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus has been reportedly talking to U.S. lawmakers, pushing an idea to use al Qaeda fighters to take down ISIS.

Sound strange?

It is controversial. But would it work?

This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.” 

CNN: Petraeus - Use Al Qaeda Fighters To Beat Isis
by: Jake Trapper | September 1, 2015 

“To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus.

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast.”

Rand Paul Presents Thoughts On The ISIS plan.
C-Span| September 18, 2014

The Wall Street Journal | Jan 26, 2015
Covert CIA Mission to Arm Syrian Rebels Goes Awry

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Patriot Club Giveaway AR-15

Patriot Club Giveaway

“The U.S. Constitution is worthless without the Second Amendment and patriots like you to defend it. 

If you believe we must fight back against federal tyranny, won’t you sign up as a Patriot Club monthly contributor today?

If you do so before the Tuesday, September 1 deadline, you’ll be automatically entered to win a Colt AR-15 – one of the many guns nanny-staters most want to ban! That's in addition to the regular gifts you’ll receive over the first year of your membership.

Fill out the form below to join Campaign for Liberty’s Patriot Club monthly contributor program and your regular contributions will be automatically deducted each month. Please act right away! Choose a monthly donation amount below: (A minimum contribution of $10.00 is required)”

Patriot Club Giveaway

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Ron Paul

 Youtube: Campaign for Liberty | August 20, 2015

"In honor of Ron Paul's 80th birthday, we've created a video of his supporters from across the country wishing him a Happy Birthday. After watching, sign Dr. Paul's card (if you haven't yet signed). Then, please consider chipping in a $10 birthday gift to help keep Ron Paul's dream alive: Chooseliberty.org"

Happy Birthday Ron Paul

On August 20, Dr. Paul turns 80! Join Campaign for Liberty and patriots around the country in wishing him a happy birthday. 

Sign the card and add a personal note if you’d like — we’ll display them on the next page and deliver them all to Dr. Paul on his birthday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The R3VOLution is alive and well! 

If you’ve already signed, please forward this to your friends and family who are also straight outta ’76. 

 --Tim Shoemaker

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Audit The Fed 2015

Campaign for Liberty | March 3, 2015

Senate Bill: S. 264 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015

Sign The Petition

Dear Friend of Liberty,

“The Federal Reserve's slick lobbyists are still doing whatever they can to poison the American people's minds against my Audit the Fed Bill.

With Federal Reserve Banksters waging an all-out public relations assault on Audit the Fed and Wall Street fat-cats threatening 2016 candidates, you and I must fight back now.

That's why it's critical you sign your petition urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring Audit the Fed to the floor for a public, roll call vote IMMEDIATELY. And after you sign, please chip in a contribution to help C4L turn up the heat on the U.S. Senate to pass Audit the Fed.” 

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

Contact Your US. Senators  urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring Audit the Fed to the floor for a public, roll call vote IMMEDIATELY! 

LIGHT IT UP FOLKS!!! US. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

News Sources:
GAO Report (page 131) July 2011 US. Government Accountability Office 
Forbes.com The Fed's $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-Reported
US. Senator Bernie Sanders  $16 trillion bail out American and foreign banks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fair Debates.com

Where were the other candidates in 2012? 

IF ALL qualified presidential candidates were welcome to participate...

​​The 2012 "Official" Presidential Debates would have looked like this:

Governor Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein obtained their ballot access the hard way - via petitions in states across the country.

They were the only two candidates beside the Democrat and Republican who appeared on enough state ballots to get elected as the President of the United States by the Electoral College. ​Yet, both Johnson & Stein were excluded from the "official" televised presidential debates. 

So, why did only 2 of these 4 electable candidates appear on the debate stage?

Well, the most bizarre thing happened...

Our America Initiative | Published on Apr 3, 2015

Quote "The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has a rule that candidates must average 15% in popular polls. The catch is that it is virtually impossible for any candidate without the free publicity and exposure provided by the two major parties, the media and, of course, nationally-televised debates, to reach 15%. It's a classic "Catch 22". Even with his millions of personal wealth, the last third party candidate to appear in a CPD-sponsored debate, Ross Perot, would not have qualified under the 15% rule. Ironically, after he DID appear, polls showed a majority of Americans believed Perot won the debates.

The official-sounding and acting Commission on Presidential Debates is, in reality, a private organization created by the Republican and Democratic parties and funded by special interests whose goal is to protect the status quo. Thus, it is no surprise that the Debate Commission has adopted “rules” that make it virtually impossible for an independent or third-party candidate to ever participate in the ​all-important Presidential Debates.

If this frustrates you, you're not alone

Going way back...more than 60% of Americans wanted Ross Perot to participate in the 1996 Presidential Debates. The CPD lost three sponsors in 2012 due to their bipartisan-exclusive-to-democrats-and-republicans- political-theater. And recently, a 2014 Gallup poll found that Americans are fed up with the two major parties.

A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties 'do such a poor job' representing the American people." - Jeffrey M. Jones

Most Americans have no idea that the official-sounding and acting CPD is a private organization created by the Republican and Democratic Parties.  But now YOU KNOW.  So get involved.  With polls showing that “independent” voters now constitute a majority of the American electorate, this duopoly simply isn’t fair -- and must be changed. 

Sign the petition to demand that one straightforward, common sense change be made in the rules for future presidential debates: Rather than picking and choosing polls to decide who can participate (polls that will always favor the Democratic and Republican candidates), simply allow participation by any candidate who has qualified for enough states’ presidential ballots to have a mathematical chance of being elected.  

Join the fight and support the excluded 2012 candidates - Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, their campaigns, the Green and the Libertarian parties to fight for Fair Debates for ALL candidates of the future.  Your donation to help fund the CPD lawsuit could be the single most important contribution you make to our future in the United States of America." end quote

Join the fight to save the debates.Our future depends on it.

Invest in this historical fight
Sign the Petition
Take Action

Why are Third parties excluded in the presidential debates? The following video my shed some light on the topic.C-Span Cotober 3, 1988 

Nancy Neuman announced that the League of Women Voters has withdrawn its sponsorship of presidential debates after disputes with national parties and campaigns over the format of the debates could not be resolved.

Change The Rule

Facebook: Change The Rule
Commission on Presidential Debates: Letter To CPD 

January 12, 2015

Commission on Presidential Debates
1200 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Suite 445
Washington DC 20036

Quote: “As you are undoubtedly aware, in September 2014, Level the Playing Field filed an administrative complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Commission on Presidential Debates (“CPD”) and its directors. The complaint argues that the CPD and its directors, in violation of federal law, have used nonobjective, biased rules designed to exclude independent or third-party candidates from the presidential debates.

We have reviewed the complaint and the original supporting research it includes, and we agree with its core conclusions. We believe the current rule requiring non-major party candidates to average over 15% in five polls taken just days before the debates does not meet the governing legal standard and is harmful to our democracy. Because the current rule affords independent candidates no chance to get into the debates, it dissuades men and women with extraordinary records of service to this country from running for President.

As a director of the CPD, you could ignore this complaint and wait for the ensuing legal process to play out. We think that would be a missed opportunity and an unfortunate mistake. Instead, we urge you to change the rule now in order to have a new, more democratic 2016 election that breaks free of our current tired and failing politics.

Sixty-two percent of Americans do not think the federal government has the consent of the governed, and 86% feel the political system is broken and does not serve the interests of the American people. Eighty-one percent believe that it is important to have independent candidates run for office, and 65% say they wish they had the option to vote for an independent candidate in a U.S. presidential election.

Moreover, these problems of American democracy—including rising disenchantment and declining voter participation—are increasingly shaping the way the rest of the world perceives the United States, eroding the prestige of the American model and its capacity for moral leadership abroad.

We think your current position requires you to pay close attention to this overwhelming public dissatisfaction with the two-party system. Americans are clearly saying that they want a more open and competitive political system. As a director of the CPD, you occupy a position of enormous public trust with a responsibility to make decisions in a nonpartisan manner.

The current rule, however, serves only the interests of the Democratic and Republican parties in maintaining their duopoly. It creates a barrier to entry into the debates that since 1960 no American running outside the primaries has been able to overcome. It requires a non-major party candidate to spend an incremental amount of money that no independent candidate has ever raised nor any billionaire has ever spent. It relies on polls that are biased against third-party and independent candidates and are grossly inaccurate in predicting a three-way race. Furthermore, the selection and timing of each poll used in calculating the average is easily subject to manipulation.

Today, a majority of Americans believe that the most convincing reason to reform the presidential debates is to end the exclusion of independent candidates. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to embrace your public responsibility by improving the prospects for an additional qualified Presidential ticket debating during October 2016.

Right now you have the opportunity to reform the flawed status quo. A simple rule change that enables a candidate to qualify for the debates by some means other than polling and is resolved sufficiently in advance of the election to enable that candidate to compete on a level playing field will allow a credible alternative to emerge.

Before it adopted the 15% rule, the CPD endorsed fundraising ability, operational capacity, and numerical demonstrations of popular support (for example attendance at campaign rallies), as criteria for debate selection. A rule designed to capture these types of indicia of support could spur many outstanding men and women who are highly qualified to be President to consider running. And since a new rule would be applied well in advance of the debates, a third-party or independent candidate who qualified under it would enjoy the media coverage that a guaranteed spot in the debates would prompt. This would give the American people time to get to know a qualified, non-major-party presidential nominee who would be in the debates. Our democracy would be much better for it.

One possible rule change could keep the existing 15% polling requirement as one way to qualify for the debates, but add the following, alternative means: On April 30 before a November presidential election, any candidate, party, or nominating process with ballot access in states that collectively have at least 270 Electoral College votes would notify the CPD of that access. If there is more than one, then whoever has gathered the most signatures as part of the ballot access process will participate in the debates with the Democratic and Republican nominees.

We believe that the competition under such a rule would be vigorous, enabling, and a legitimate third candidate would emerge. We estimate that the winner of the signature competition will need to collect some 4 to 6 million signatures, obtained from a broad cross section of Americans – a clear demonstration of popular appeal. The cost and scale of that endeavor would not be insurmountable, but it is substantial enough to ensure that only someone with significant fundraising and operational capacity and public support could win. This signature drive competition – which is not unlike the early state primaries – provides one objective, fair, and measurable way to qualify for debate access.

It is certainly possible that implementing such a national signature drive competition – or any similar fair and unbiased rule – may confront unexpected logistical difficulties and indeed, a qualified candidate still might not meet the new criteria. However, we believe these risks pale in comparison to the opportunity to open up the political process and fundamentally improve the way we pick our President and Vice President.

Merely changing the polling threshold – for example by reducing it from 15% to 10% or simply deferring the issue to a later date, will not address the structural impediment to a truly fair and competitive presidential election.

By controlling access to the debates, the CPD effectively determines who has a credible chance to win the election. That is a solemn and historic responsibility we know you take seriously, and we strongly urge you to open up the debates and allow more choices for the American people.

Please do not assume that any of the signatories to this letter are committed to voting for an unaffiliated candidate in 2016. Individually, they may decide that the Democratic or Republican candidate is superior. What each signatory wants is the same thing the American people want: the restoration of honest competition in the way we select our president, as required by the law.

The best solution is to change the rule, level the playing field and discover which great Americans will run for President.

Given the looming 2016 presidential election cycle, we respectfully request a prompt response.”


Jacqueline Adams

Former CBS News Correspondent, Board of Trustees of the Harvard Business School Club of New York City

The Honorable John B. Anderson

Former member of US House of Representatives, Independent candidate for President of the United States

Norman R. Augustine

Former Chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Former Chairman of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America

Governor Bruce Babbitt

16th Governor of Arizona, Formerly United States Secretary of the Interior, Arizona Attorney General, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, President of the League of Conservation Voters; Founding member of the Democratic Leadership Council

Scott Blackmun

Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic Committee

Admiral Dennis C. Blair

Former United States Director of National Intelligence, Commander in Chief, US Pacific Command

Mary McInnis Boies

Founding Partner, Boies & McInnis LLP, member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Dean’s Council of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth

Former US Ambassador to South Korea, the Philippines and Tunisia; Dean Emeritus of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy

David G. Bradley

Atlantic Media Company, Publisher of The Atlantic, National Journal, The Hotline and Government Executive, CityBridge Foundation

John Burbank

Founder, Passport Capital

Harry W. Clark

Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group, Senior Counselor, Brunswick Group

Senator William S. Cohen

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cohen Group, Former United States Secretary of Defense, US Senator, US Representative, Member of the Board of Directors, CBS Corporation

Eliot R. Cutler

Chairman, MaineAsia LLC; President, The Lerner Foundation; former Independent candidate for Governor of Maine; former Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; former Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget for Natural Resources, Energy and Science

W. Bowman Cutter

Senior Fellow and Director of the Next American Economy Project at the Roosevelt Institute, Chairman of the Board of CARE, founder and current Chairman of MicroVest. Former member of the National Economic Council, Deputy Assistant to the President; Office of Management and Budget, Executive Director for Budget

Dr. Larry Diamond

Stanford University Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution & Freeman Spogli Institute Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director, Haas Center for Public Service

William H. Donaldson

Founder of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, 27th Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Formerly Chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange

Dr. Morris P. Fiorina

Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Former chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences

Leslie C. Francis

Washington Media Group, Deputy chief of staff to President Carter, Former Executive director of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Dr. Francis Fukuyama

Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, Author of The End of History and the Last Man

Ambassador James K. Glassman

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, former Chairman, U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, former Publisher, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic, former Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call
The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton
Former member of US House of Representatives, Director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University

General Michael V. Hayden

Principal, the Chertoff Group; Retired US Air Force four-star general. Formerly Director of the National Security Agency, Principle Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

The Honorable Carla Anderson Hills

Chair and CEO of Hills & Company, International Consultants; Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, US Trade Representative, United States Assistant Attorney General, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Advisory Board of the CSIS

Roderick M. Hills

Former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Chairman of Hills Enterprises, Ltd.

Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr.

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Governor Jon Huntsman

Chairman of Atlantic Council, Former Governor of Utah, Former US Ambassor to The People’s Republic of China

Governor Thomas Howard Kean, Sr.

Former Governor of New Jersey, Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission)

Senator Robert Kerrey

Former United States Senator from Nebraska, Governor of Nebraska; United States Navy SEAL officer and Medal of Honor recipient

Senator Angus King

Independent United States Senator from Maine, 72nd Governor of Maine

Dr. David King

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program, Director of the Task Force on Election Administration for the National Commission on Election Reform

Senator Joseph Lieberman

Former United States Senator, Democratic Party nominee for Vice President

Dr. Aaron Lobel

Founder and President of America Abroad Media, Consultant to the Bipartisan Policy Center, Former research fellow at The Brookings Institution, Former National Security Fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, Former National Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

General Stanley A. McChrystal

Retired four-star general, former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan, former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)

Dean Vali R. Nasr

Dean of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego; Carnegie Scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; member of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Democratic Institute

Ambassador John Negroponte

Research fellow, Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; United States Deputy Secretary of State, first ever Director of National Intelligence, United States ambassador in Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, US permanent representative to the United Nations, ambassador to Iraq

Greg Orman

Denali Partners LLC, Independent candidate for US Senate, Kansas, Founder of the Common Sense Coalition, former national President of the Boys Nation

The Honorable Tim Penny

Former member of the US House of Representatives, Independent candidate for Governor of Minnesota

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan. Chairman of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Nancy E. Roman

President and CEO, Capital Area Food Bank, Former Director of Public/Private Partnerships and Communications at the United Nation’s World Food Programme
The Honorable Christopher Shays
Former member of the US House of Representatives, 4th District of Connecticut; Co-chair Commission on Wartime Contracting

Bradley A. Smith

Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, Former Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission

Ambassador Richard H. Solomon

Senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. Formerly president of the United States Institute of Peace, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Director of Policy Planning Department of State, senior staff National Security Council

Admiral James G. Stavridis

15th Commander, U.S. European Command; NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

The Honorable David M. Walker

Seventh Comptroller General of the United States

The Honorable Vin Weber

Former member of the US House of Representatives, Former Chairman and current board member of the National Endowment for Democracy, member of Board of Trustees at the Aspen Institute, member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, Partner at Mercury

Judge William H. Webster

Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Formerly Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director of Central Intelligence, Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

John C. Whitehead

Board member, World Trade Center Memorial Foundation; Formerly chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, US Deputy Secretary of State, Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the United Nations Association, Chairman of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harvard Board of Overseers, and Director of the New York Stock Exchange; Chairman Emeritus of The Brookings Institution

The Honorable Christine Todd-Whitman

50th Governor of New Jersey, Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President of the Whitman Strategy Group

(Note): This letter was originally sent to all members of the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates on January 12, 2015. It has been updated with additional signatories as of February 26, 2015)

News Reference:

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