Monthly Archives: September 2005

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Another Campaign Finance Case

On September 27, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear Vermont Republican State Committee v Sorrell, on whether a state can limit the amount of money any particular candidate spends (even when there is no public funding in place). The 2nd circuit had upheld Vermont limits on expenditures, even though in 1976 the U.S. […]

N.C. Libertarians Denied Temporary Restraining Order

On September 26, a lower state court refused to force the city of Charlotte to hold a primary for the Libertarian Party for mayor. The primary is September 27, and two Libertarians had filed for the post before the party was decertified. The Charlotte Libertarians will now choose a candidate for Mayor by either private […]

Constitution Candidate Raises More Money than Democrat

California is holding a special congressional election on Oct. 4. Campaign reports filed September 22 with the Federal Election Commission show that Constitution (American Independent) Party candidate Jim Gilchrist has raised more money than any Democrat running in the race. Gilchrist raised $111,731, whereas the leading Democrat, Steve Young, had only raised $62,493. Two Republicans, […]

4-way Gubernatorial Debate in New Jersey

The New Jersey League of Women Voters has invited 4 candidates into a gubernatorial debate. The debate will include the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian nominees, and an independent candidate.

New Jersey Judge says being kept out of a debate is not harmful

On September 19, New Jersey Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Jeff Pawlowski filed a lawsuit against a public TV station that planned to invite only the Democratic and Republican nominees for Governor. On September 20 a judge in Middlesex County Superior Court denied injunctive relief on the grounds that Pawlowski would not suffer “irreparable harm” if he […]

North Carolina Libertarians File Ballot Access Lawsuit

On September 21, the North Carolina Libertarian Party filed its ballot access lawsuit. It challenges both the number of signatures to get a party on the ballot (69,734) and the requirement for a party to remain on the ballot (a vote of 10% for president or governor). The case is filed in state court in […]

Massachusetts Legislative Hearing Goes Well

On September 20, the Massachusetts joint Legislative Committee on Election laws heard testimony on a bill to cut the number of signatures for statewide office from 10,000 to 5,000 signatures. Three witnesses testified for the bill, and no one testified against it. The six legislators who attended the hearing paid good attention and seemed supportive, […]