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Jesse Benton Resigns From Campaign For Liberty! (via EPJ)

September 11, 2012

Dear John and C4L Board of Directors,

Helping found, build, and grow Campaign for Liberty over the last four years has been one of the great honors of my life.

Every day, I was blown away by the dedication and energy of you, our team, and the thousands of activists across the country fighting together to make our country a better place. Campaign for Liberty is a rare thing in this world: a real force for good and positive change that continues to give me hope and optimism for our future.

As I stand at an important crossroads in my life, I have been blessed with wonderful opportunities but also face difficult choices. After much soul searching, I have decided that my passion lies in direct electoral politics, and I plan to work on campaigns rather than resume my work in grassroots advocacy.

It is therefore with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that I will not rejoin Campaign for Liberty’s staff this fall. Please know that you, our team, Dr. Paul, and all our wonderful members have my undying friendship and loyalty. I am of course happy to be a resource and friend to any and all of you, for whatever is in my power to provide.

Thank you as well, John, from the bottom of my heart, for your guidance, wisdom, and calm, steady hand over the years. I know that with your leadership, the power of the message of Liberty, and the energy of the supporters, Campaign for Liberty will grow stronger than ever and accomplish even greater things.

In Liberty,

Jesse Benton

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It's probably for the best ...

... that Benton is not coming back to C4L; a lot of its supporters would probably have quit had he gone back to his old position.

As is, the recriminations that are rightly being aired over the campaign aren't likely to affect C4L's future. It looks like Benton's taken the fall to ensure that.

Not that I feel sorry for him or anything. I'd have been more than happy to have taken all the blame myself, if someone had offered me a half a million to do so.

George Dance

Robbing Ron Paul

Jesse, this resignation is at least four months too late...

Now, can we get a refund of the $600k+ we (unwittingly) contributed to your personal bank account? You know, the money you solicited for a "winning" campaign, right through that fateful week in May when you killed it with one of your poisoned press releases?

I gotta give you credit. Your timing was impeccable. I had max'ed out my contributions right before you delivered that fatal blow. You've got a real talent for grifting. I only wish I hadn't been so gullible.


Benton is a remora looking to cling to the underbelly of a bigger shark.

"Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors, but today we kneel only to truth." - Kahlil Gibran