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Sep 22, 2012

Johnson launches anti-trust lawsuit for debate access

Image; Johnson/Gray 'Hell Yes' poster. (Damn Right)

The National Commission on Presidential Debates is a ‘bipartisan’ organization of Democrats and Republicans, which is responsible for all aspects of the upcoming debates. This effectively means that the rules for such events are made to order for the big two parties both of which are determined to ensure that only Demopublicans and Republicrats are allowed in, avoiding nasty surprises like Ross Perot in 1992, who went from 7% pre-debate, to 19% in the election.

 The committee which elbowed the League of Women Voters out of the way in 1998, is not in any way independent, rather a duopoly of the majors running the show in a way that suits themselves.

  LP Nominee, Gary Johnson has predictably been excluded this time and has decided to fight back with an anti-trust lawsuit against the committee:


 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's campaign today filed an anti-trust lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California challenging Johnson's exclusion from upcoming debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debat es. The Commission announced earlier Friday that invitations to the debates were being extended only to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

 Announcing the campaign's legal action, senior Johnson advisor Ron Nielson said, "There is nothing remotely surprising in the fact that a private organization created by and run by the Republican and Democratic Parties has only invited the Republican and Democratic candidates to their debates. It is a bit more disturbing that the national news media has chosen to play the two-party game, when a full one-third of the American people do not necessarily identify with either of those two parties.

 "American voters deserve a real debate between now and Election Day. By excluding Gov. Johnson, the Commission on Presidential Debates has guaranteed that there will be no one on the stage challenging continued wars, calling for a balanced budget now — as opposed to decades down the road, and who has never advocated government-run health care.

 "Someone has to stand up and call this what it is: A rigged system designed entirely to protect and perpetuate the two-party duopoly. That someone will be the Johnson campaign. We are today filing a lawsuit in Federal Court charging that the National Commission and the Republican and Democratic Parties, by colluding to exclude duly qualified candidates outside the Republican and Democratic Parties, are in violation of the nation's anti-trust laws.

 "It is unfortunate that a successful two-term governor who is already assured of being on the ballot in 47 states and the District of Columbia is forced to turn to the courts to break up a rigged system, but it appears that fairness is not to be found otherwise.”

 Johnson's running mate and retired California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, who is also a plaintiff, will argue the motion on the campaign's behalf.

 The lawsuit, filed only hours after the Commission's announcement, charges that the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee and an organization they set up, the Commission on Presidential Debates, have conspired together to restrain trade, both in ideas and in commerce. The lawsuit maintains that the Republican and Democratic Parties, through the CPD, indefensibly limits access of other candidates to the marketplace of ideas and the opportunity to be employed in these highest offices in the land, and in so doing are violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890.

 The lawsuit seeks an order of the Court enjoining the debates from proceeding unless all candidates who will appear on the ballot in enough states to win in the Electoral College are allowed to participate. Nielson said the Johnson campaign would likely file additional lawsuits in additional jurisdictions challenging the exclusion of Johnson and Gray from the debates on other grounds.

 Prior to 1988, the League of Women Voters sponsored nationally-televised presid ential debates. The League withdrew its debate sponsorship after the Republican and Democratic campaigns negotiated an agreement to determine which candidates could participate, who would be panelists, and other details of the debates. The League withdrew its support for the debates because "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetuate a fraud on the American voter.” 


  1. A few months ago, there was talk about Oregon being a possible swing state. If true, and it will of course take more research, I will not vote for Gary Johnson. But if it looks like the election will be a sweep for the commies in Oregon, I will then vote for Johnson.

    By the way, Jim, I thought you might be interested in this YouTube video. Sad times indeed... and the bastards want to do the same here in the states.


  2. I'd be surprised if Oregon swings; there have been occasions when it has but Romney is no Reagan.

    Thanks for the video clip, I hadn't seen it before and will post it. I have already put it on FB.