LPM Online

December 31, 2002

Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Libertarians Will Stop Abuse of Legal System
  3. Post-Election Campaign Finance Information

  1. Upcoming Events

    January 1, 2003
    Location:
    Contact:  Phone:  E-mail: @ (@>(4

    January 6, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    General meeting. Everyone is welcome to join. Discuusion of current events are scheduled. Bring a friend!
    Location: TGIFriday's 5650 West Main St. Oshtemo (ask greeter which room)
    Contact: Mickey Hall Phone: (616) 760-3728 E-mail: mickhall09@aol.com

    January 11, 2003 - 10:00 AM
    Strategic Planning Conference IV. Always a productive gathering, this meeting of LPOC leaders, activists, volunteers and friends sets the tone for all of our accomplishments in the year ahead. We gather at 10:00am and start right into the business at hand. We'll take a break for pizza after a few hours, then it's back to planning and goal-setting until we've had our fill.
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 E Nine Mile in Hazel Park.
    Contact: Fred Martin Phone: (248) 738-9099 E-mail: Fredtmartin@aol.com

    January 16, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    This is the first meeting of the year. We are planning a good year and want the input of both members and non-members alike. Please feel to join us.
    Location: The Van Buren County Libertarian Party will be meeting at Bill Bradley's house at 746 Lee St, South Haven.
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    January 22, 2003 - 6:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County General Membership Meeting. Public welcome. Meet for dinner at 6:30pm, business begins at 7:30pm.
    Location: Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Sila's is 2 blocks east of Greenfield on Twelve Mile Road.
    Contact: Fred Martin Phone: (248) 738-9099 E-mail: Fredtmartin@aol.com

    February 6, 2003 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County Business Meeting. Please be at this meeting to elect LPWC officers for 2003. We will be electing Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 Budget Committee Reps. We need YOU to help chart our course!
    Location: Cubs' AC Restaurant located in the Colonial Lanes Bowling Center, 1950 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor
    Contact: Emily Salvette Phone: (734) 668-2607 (days) E-mail: salvette@ameritech.net

    February 9, 2003 - 1:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee Meeting. All dues-paying members are welcome.
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 E. 9 Mile in Hazel Park, 1/4 mile east of I-75.
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792 E-mail: chair@michiganlp.org

    February 20, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    The Van Buren County Libertarian Party plans to meet at Bill Bradley's house. Feel free to join us for a fun time.
    Location: 746 Lee St., South Haven
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone:  637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    April 5, 2003
    Libertarian Party of Michigan 2003 Convention
    Location: Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort in Ypsilanti.
    Contact: Emily Salvette Phone: (734) 668-2607 E-mail: salvette@ameritech.net

    April 13, 2003 - 1:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee Meeting. All dues-paying members are welcome.
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 E. 9 Mile in Hazel Park, 1/4 mile east of I-75.
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792 E-mail: chair@michiganlp.org

    More
    For more events, see the online calendar at:
    http://www.michiganlp.org/lpmonline/events.php

  2. Libertarians Will Stop Abuse of Legal System by Leonard Schwartz

    When I submit a letter to the editor and it is not printed within one week, I assume that it will never be printed. I was happily surprised when a letter that I submitted on November 18 was published in The Oakland Press on December 29. Here it is, as edited:

    [Headline] Libertarians will stop abuse of legal system

    Regarding a recent Oakland Press editorial: Imposing a $75 fine on drivers who didn't carry or quickly find their proof-of-insurance papers is just one example of the many ways in which the Democrats and Republicans abuse the legal system to raise revenue.

    There are many laws that are much worse. Consider Michigan's asset forfeiture laws.

    The government can confiscate all the contents of your home if someone gambled in your home or someone sold or gave away illegal drugs in your home. It doesn't matter whether you gave consent. It doesn't even matter whether you knew of this conduct. The government can confiscate your car if someone claims he saw illegal drugs in your car. How the drugs got into your car doesn't matter.

    The Libertarian Party is the only political party that wants to stop the abuse of the legal system to raise revenue. If people want to end this abuse, they need to stop wasting their votes on Democrats and Republicans.

    Leonard Schwartz

    Oak Park

    (Editor's note: Schwartz was Libertarian Party candidate for Oakland County prosecutor in 2000.)

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  3. Post-Election Campaign Finance Information by Leonard Schwartz

    Post-Election Campaign Finance Information for State and Local Candidates

    by Leonard Schwartz, LPM campaign finance law adviser

    In response to a recent request:

    Now that the election is over, you should decide whether to dissolve your campaign committee. One factor is whether you can use the same committee to run for a different office in the future. The rules are discussed in "Michigan Campaign Finance Candidate Committee Manual" (June, 2001), pages 10-11.

    If you decide to dissolve your committee, you must pay outstanding debts and properly dispose of remaining funds. You can return money to contributors, give money to a political party committee (such as the LPM Campaign Fund), give money to an independent political committee (such as Small Government Alliance), or give money to a charity (such as Advocates for Self-Government).

    If your committee does not have a reporting waiver (or if it had a waiver but had contributions or expenditures greater than $1000), you must file a final campaign statement. This can be combined with your annual campaign statement, which is due on Jan. 31.

    If your committee properly has a reporting waiver, you should file a special one page dissolution statement. (But if you do not want to dissolve your committee, you should send a letter to the Bureau of Elections.) The statute does not actually require that you send a dissolution statement or letter. But I recommend that you comply with the Bureau's guidelines, as this clarifies the status of your committee.

    For more information, see the Manual, pages 68-69.

    If you were a candidate for a judgeship, special MCJC rules apply.

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