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Gary Johnson Files Complaint In Federal Court Against Commission On Presidential Debates

JOHNSON CAMPAIGN ASKS D.C. FEDERAL COURT TO INTERVENE IN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES, CITING POLLING FALLACY

October 19, 2012, Washington, DC – Citing survey data showing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has in fact achieved the narrow criteria required for inclusion in the Monday debate, earning more than 40 percent of the vote in “head-to-head” polls against President Barack Obama, the Libertarian Party nominee’s campaign today filed a complaint in Federal Court in the District of Columbia maintaining that Johnson has, in fact, met the Commission on Presidential Debates’ criteria for inclusion. The complaint asks the Court to compel the CPD to include Johnson.

“The CPD requirements say Johnson ‘must register support of at least 15 percent of the vote in five recent polls,’” Johnson campaign counsel Alicia Dearn said in a statement. “Nowhere does it say those polls must include three candidates. Indeed, the polls used by the CPD to exclude Johnson test only two candidates even though Gov. Johnson is on the ballot in 48 states. We argue that Gov. Johnson has met the specific and narrow criteria laid out by the CPD.

“Included in the two-party ‘deal’ struck by the Republicans and Democrats are the criteria by which candidates are invited to participate. As a two-term governor who is on more than enough states’ ballots to be elected in the Electoral College, the decision to exclude Gov. Johnson can only be based upon the CPD’s self-determined polling criterion — using polls that are ‘head-to-head’ surveys between Romney and Obama. Who decided that? The CPD rules do not specify the number of candidates to be tested in the poll. Using their own methodology, polls that ask voters’ preferences between the President and Gov. Johnson are equally valid, and as we have demonstrated, will show more than enough support for Gov. Johnson to meet the CPD’s arbitrary 15 percent requirement. The same would clearly be the result when Gov. Johnson is surveyed against only Gov. Romney. Nowhere does it say that only the Republican and the Democrat should be pitted against one another,” Dearn said.

“It must be repeated that the official-sounding Commission on Presidential Debates is not official at all. It is a private organization created by the Republican and Democratic Parties for the clear and admitted purpose of controlling the presidential debate process. Everything from the schedule to the participants to the water glasses on stage are determined by way of an MOU between the two parties, to the exclusion of everyone else.

Two debates have already happened, and have excluded Gov. Johnson. We can’t change that — no matter how unfair. However, the CPD has one last opportunity to do the right thing for Monday night’s debate, which we have asked them to do via a letter transmitted Thursday. However, we are not holding our breath for an answer, and have asked the Federal Court to help them do the right thing. Also, we make it clear in our complaint that this issue does not end Monday night, and that it is not just about Gov. Johnson. We are also asking for a permanent injunction to require that the CPD’s criteria be changed for future elections to correct the organization’s fundamental unfairness.

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Here is the link

Here is the link to the full text of the Complaint.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110496549/Complaint-Against-Commis...

Well conceived and written. Love the express and implied breach of contract provisions.

Go Gary. Expose this fraud on the public.

Thetis

Thanks

Go Get Them Gary!

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CPD should be abolished

But first they should pay monetary awards to all the 3rd party candidates they discriminated against over the years.

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I agree

CPD shpould be abolished.

Who's got a better chance of actually doing that.. Ron Paul Republicans or GJ bodysurfers?

Big +1

"Also, we make it clear in our complaint that this issue does not end Monday night, and that it is not just about Gov. Johnson. We are also asking for a permanent injunction to require that the CPD’s criteria be changed for future elections to correct the organization’s fundamental unfairness."

Big +1

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Thanks

This fight is so important if we want to help elect a Liberty oriented candidate in 2016.

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They'll allow him in the dabates

Then not ask him any questions, except maybe some ground breaking question like: "In 1978 you published an article in the Student Journal suggesting teachers shouldn't write comments in red. How can you reconcile that with the fact that you have no stated a position on new legislation that will reduce capital expenditure on the use of red inked pens in elementary schools in Puerto Rico?"

Then he should answer "I will

Then he should answer "I will come to this in a minute but first I will address the question you just asked the other two."

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This will get buried and go

This will get buried and go no where.

Ron paul was publicly shut down on live TV.

Gj will be buried and crushed privately.

Gary is a fighter

I would not be surprised if his lawyer team wins several lawsuits and say 100 million dollars.
Now that would be something the MSM would have to cover LOL.

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It will never happen.

It will never happen.

A well crafted legal challenge

The lawyer who wrote this did a fantastic job in pointing out that GJ head-to-head against BO shows GJ with well over 15% in national polls. At the same time, he states that if Mitt Romney, the challenger can be included in the debates based on his head-to-head performance in the polls against the incumbent, then why shouldn't another party candidate have the same luxury, especially when they meet all other criteria required by the commission. This process is a farce and an obvious attempt to keep more voices out of the debate process.

As ronpaul1fan said previously, I wish this lawyer was helping Ron paul fight the good fight, instead of Gilbert.

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This is good news

This is good news

Southern Agrarian

Bump for putting in serious

Bump for putting in serious work!!

Thank you my friend

We need to help make this go viral.
I posted this on Twitter and other sites like Liberty Chat:
http://libertychat.com/gary-johnson-files-complaint-in-feder...

What if say 100 people send this to Drudge Report?

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Johnson

impresses me more every day. He's going after them with tenacity.

Fighting 'tooth and nail'

I wish the official Ron Paul campaign was launching lawsuits against the corrupt GOP and the so called mainstream media for the black-out and lies.

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How amazing..

to see someone besides the 2 idiots on stage

it would be a game change

If they let Gary debate on Monday -- Gary will win the debate and the election.

Mark my words.

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Leviathan would never go for

Leviathan would never go for that. They're pulling the strings as we speak to dismiss it.

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They will pay very heavy price $$$

The suit is demanding "specific performance" (that is, that the Commission actually allow Johnson in the last debate) and if that fails, the damages he seeks for being robbed of the exposure of the debates will, the suit says, be "likely approaching millions of dollars" since he is losing "several hours of prime time television coverage on all major American stations...tens of thousands of social media mentions, thousands of print articles and hundreds of radio station mentions."

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Too bad GJ's attorney isn't the one who drafted the filing

for our caucus and convention attendees (instead of Gilbert). At least this man understands and knows how to pen legalese.

+ 1

Well said.

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Thank you!

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Thank you!

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This is huge breaking news -- front page material

-- no wonder the Romney team here on the Daily Paul started to down-vote this right away so it disappears into the dark.

Mods can you please place this on the front page?
Thank you.

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Fighting the good fight...

Good to see that someone is willing to stand up and challenge the status quo!

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This is so important for the Liberty candidate's chances in 2016

This effort helps getting a Liberty candidate in the 2016 debates.
God bless Gary Johnson campaign for doing this.

Thanks for a bump my friend.

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