HuffPost: Gary Johnson, Antitrust Plaintiff, Sues Major Parties for Monopolizing PoliticsSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 17:38
Lawsuits are common in politics, but there was one filed recently that is not common at all: someone has brought an antitrust suit, alleging that the major political parties have monopolized politics, and it is not exactly some crackpot who did it. The plaintiff is Gary Johnson, who is the Libertarian Party's nominee to be President, and who was not long ago the Governor of New Mexico. Governor Johnson's campaign filed suit on Friday in a California federal court, alleging that the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Commission on Presidential Debates have conspired to exclude other candidates in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Governor Johnson seeks to enjoin the Presidential debates until other candidates are permitted to participate, so as to "restore competition and a level and honest playing field amongst those persons seeking the presidency . . . ."
Initially I thought the press release announcing the suit might be bogus; it went out on Friday, and was picked up by quite a few libertarian websites, but has been largely ignored in the mainstream media. But it's for real, as both the campaign and the federal courts' online dockets database confirmed for me.