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Friday, September 21, 2012

Gary Johnson And Jim Gray Sue The Commission On Presidential Debates

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On Friday, the Libertarian presidential ticket of former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and former California Superior Court judge Jim Gray filed an anti-trust lawsuit in U.S. District court to ask the court to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to include all presidential candidates who have enough ballot access to have a mathematical chance of winning the presidential election to have a spot on the debate stage.

The lawsuit accuses the Democratic Party, Republican Party, and Commission on Presidential Debates of violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890, which prohibits certain business activities that reduce competition, and requires the federal government to investigate and pursue trusts, companies, and organizations suspected of being in violation. The relevant part of the law is Section 2, which reads:
“Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.”
If the lawsuit is successful, this year's CPD-sponsored debates will either expand to include the Libertarian candidates as well as the Green Party ticket of Massachusetts physician Jill Stein and Pennsylvania anti-poverty advocate Cheri Honkala, or be canceled.
Via Memeorandum


  1. Personally I like you Mr. Johnson but for the people who don't I can't see them finding a way to disagree with this. We need more choices. The argument will be the same as in the RNC when they cheated Ron paul and merely said they didn't want "distractions". You have my support however I can give it to you.

  2. I look forward to hearing them both included in the debate.

  3. I fully support Gary Johnson as the only candidate that is capable of fixing the turmoil our country is facing now. He needs to be in the debates so he can spread his message to the entire country. All qualifying candidates need to be included. This is not a two party race! He needs our help to get his viewpoints to mainstream America. The only reason I can come up with is that they are afraid of him. If all candidates are not included, I am boycotting the debates and voting for Johnson, as Obama and Romney are spewing the same rhetoric that has our country in turmoil. Johnson is the only one that is more focused on spending money to fix our country than shove our ideals down the rest of the world's throats. We need to wake up and realize the two party system has failed miserably. Let's spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere we can to help his voice be heard!


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