The Corliss for Senate campaign will be in full swing in the Grand Rapids Area on July 25th. Mike is scheduled to speak at the Ottawa County LP meeting at 7 pm at the Yellow Jacket Inn, 12011 Lake Michigan Drive, in West Olive. He will also be meeting with the local press, and even more exciting, will be interviewed on WOOD Radio at 3 pm Tuesday. The campaign would like to thank the Ottawa County affiliate, and Jason Miller especially, for all his hard work in setting up the schedule. You can contact email@example.com for more information.
On July 26, look for Mike Corliss at the candidate forum of the Calhoun County Gun Owners Association in Battle Creek; call Steve Frazier at 616-781-8264 for more information.
We will also be making an appearance at the Shiawassee County Fair on August 12; details to follow. Any other affiliate wishing to schedule an appearance can contact the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 734-326-5406. Let's keep him busy!
The LPM's Ballot Access Retention Committee (BARC) has stepped up its meeting schedule now that the Presidential Campaign is i full gear. The committee will begin to meet every other Thursday beggining on August 10, 2000. The meeting location will also be changed to the LPM Headquarters at 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, one block east of I-75 (see www.mi.lp.org/hq/ for directions and a map).
BARC is charged with supporting the LP's Presidential ticket in Michigan and getting enough votes for Harry Browne and Art Olivier in the state to retain our ballot status. You can make contributions to this effort online at http://www.mipresidentialcampaign.com/
One of the two Libertarian Party of Michigan nominees for State Board of Education, Jon Coon, has been denied his spot on the November ballot by the Elections Division of the Office of the Michigan Secretary of State.
The reason given by election officials is Coon's refusal to sign a new "Supplementary Affidavit of Identity" form, created late last year by PA 217, which states:
I swear (or affirm) that on this date, all statements, reports, error or omission notice responses, late filing fees and fines required of me or any Candidate Committee organized to support my election to office an (sic) registered under Michigan's Campaign Finance Act, PA 388 of 1976, have been filed or paid. I further acknowledged (sic) that making a false statement in this affidavit is perjury, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both."
Coon was nominated at the LPM convention in May and timely filed all of the other paperwork to certify his name for the ballot.
"I simply refused to sign that 'blank check' guarantee that everyone who has ever worked on any of my campaigns has crossed every 't' and dotted every 'i' to the complete satisfaction of the elections bureaucrats. There isn't even the usual line about 'To the best of my knowledge and belief...' to make allowance for good faith mistakes," he noted. "And I'm supposed to sign this at the risk of committing a 5 year felony?" he asked incredulously. "I don't think so."
Coon claims that, the poorly written language aside, denying an otherwise legally qualified candidate access to the ballot as a means of enforcing campaign finance law violates the purity of elections provisions of the Michigan Constitution.
A complaint against the Bureau of Elections and a request for an order to put Jon Coon's name on the fall ballot will be filed on behalf of both Coon and the Libertarian Party of Michigan tomorrow in Ingham County Circuit Court by LPM attorney, Ghazey H. Aleck, II.
The Ballot Access Retention Committee will have Harry
Browne campaign material available within the next two
weeks. We will need to start distributing these items to our
supporters throughout the state very soon. If you are
interested in any lawn signs, banners (2'x 8'), bumper
stickers and brochures, please e-mail Barb Goushaw at
Please note that the displaying of campaign lawn signs is controlled by local ordinances. They restrict the use of signs form anywhere between 30 to 60 days before election day. Please check with your city or township for the ordinances where you live.
"Know Your Customer" monitoring of your bank account is back!
Politicians, federal bureaucrats and institutional elites are, once again, working to make your local bank teller their snitch.
Two years ago, Congress passed a bill directing federal
banking regulators to issue the infamous "Know Your
Customer" regulations. Those regulations would have required
your local bank teller to:
The opposition to "Know Your Customer" was overwhelming. Over 300,000 Americans from coast-to-coast told the banking regulators in Washington to stop "Know Your Customer" regulations. The federal bureaucrats did back down last year - but they're back.
"Know Your Customer" (version 2) regulations are
included in H.R. 3886. H.R. 3886 will implement the "Know
Your Customer" regulations for international transactions.
In addition, H.R. 3886 will give the U.S. treasury
department (IRS, Customs Service, Secret Service) the power
H.R. 3886 will decimate privacy between you and the financial institutions with which you do business. Politicians, federal bureaucrats and institutional elites desperately want H.R. 3886 to become law. They will tell you not to worry. "These 'Know Your Customer' regulations will only be used to catch criminals. These regulations will only be used for international transactions." The people who are telling us not to worry today are the same people who tried last year to quietly pass regulations that would have forced your local bank teller to become a government snitch.
There are only six weeks of legislative business remaining this year. During those six weeks, many bills will be quietly pushed through the U.S. House in the hope of not being noticed during the year-end flurry of votes. H.R. 3886 is one of those bills.
If we fall for "Know Your Customer" for international transactions today, we'll have to suffer from "Know Your Customer" for local transactions tomorrow. That's what they were after in the first place.
Please urge your U.S. representative to vote against H.R. 3886. You can send an E-mail by going to http://www.libertystudy.org and click on Communicate at the top of the page. Please tell your representative to vote "no" on H.R. 3886. To call your representative, dial the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. Also, tell your local bank that you are opposed to H.R. 3886 and ask them to oppose it as well. Last year, many banks helped stop "Know Your Customer" (version 1) after they heard from their customers.
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Orange Leader (opinion) - "Know Your Customer tries the
Ron Paul Press Release
Liberty Study Committee
Did you know that in most localities, campaign signs left up on public land or easements 48 hours after an election are considered blight, and fair game for anyone willing to salvage them? The upcoming August primary will present us with an opportunity to procure valuable sign wires which normally cost several dollars apiece.
Beginning August 11th you can begin collecting the abandoned signs from street corners and other public areas. Just remove the cardboard signs from the wires (properly disposing of the signs) and keep the support wires. If at all possible, bring the collected wires to the LPM Headquarters (call 248-591-FREE to make arrangements), or let Barb Goushaw (email@example.com) know how many wires you have collected to make arrangemnts for us to get them from you.
The League of Women Voters holds senate debates. Take a moment to write them and urge them to include Libertarian candidate, Michael Corliss (or even all third party candidates). Here's their email:
Official Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
President Patricia Donath - PLB20@aol.com
Vice President Mary Howarth - MMHOWART@VM.OCC.CC.MI.US
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