Libertarian Party HQ: Republicans Running Boiler Rooms to Kill Libertarian Vote

From an LPHQ fundraising letter today:

UPDATE: See full letter in .pdf here

Dear Fellow Libertarian,

Today, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Senior Judge James Gardner Colins is expected to rule on the Republican Party’s final attempt to nullify the Libertarian Party’s hard-won ballot status for 2012.

How did the Republicans try to nullify LP ballot status? They falsely claimed that we falsified thousands of petition signatures.

The truth? According to legal testimony and documents filed with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Pennsylvania Republicans hired Reynold Selvaggio, “a private investigator to pose as an FBI officer and visit people who had gathered signatures for the Libertarian Party, offering them $2,000 in exchange for saying in court that the petitions they had gathered were falsified.”

Bribery? Suborning perjury to knock the Libertarian Party off the ballot?

That’s what we’ve been up against. That’s what we have to overcome.

Do you think that’s the end of the Republican Party’s Dirty Tricks to undermine and sabotage the Libertarian Party during this 2012 Election?

Not hardly.

Republicans have mounted a targeted stealth campaign to neutralize, compromise, and con our voters into staying home – or voting for Mitt Romney.

Which voters? Libertarian Party members, Ron Paul supporters, fiscal conservative independents, and True Blue Tea Party loyalists in razor-close Tipping Point states – New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado – and even Montana.

Hundreds of these stealth Republicans, pretending to be Libertarians or Ron Paul activists, are regularly calling into Talk Radio shows, and telling listeners why they just can’t, can’t let Obama win – why they must, must vote for Mitt Romney.

These Republican Judas Goats are trying to use ‘Social Proof’ – a manipulation strategy – to trick liberty lovers into voting for Big Government Mitt Romney for President.

We have reports from Colorado and Montana of boiler room telephone operations – with fakers, counterfeits, and imposters pretending to be ‘tormented,’ ‘struggling,’ and ‘torn’ over whether to vote for Gary Johnson or Mitt Romney…and deciding that they must, must vote for Republican Mitt Romney.

Are YOU torn between voting for Libertarian Presidential candidate, Governor Gary Johnson – and Republican Mitt Romney?

Me neither!

Then there’s the direct mail flood from “Libertarians” for Romney, “Ron Paul Activists” for Romney, “Tea Partiers” for Romney. All trying to wear you down. Trying to convince us that Big Government Mitt Romney is really on our side. Trying to plant doubts, undermine our resolve, weaken our efforts – so we give up and stay home, or, vote Republican.

Talk Radio, phone calls, direct mail – and, of course, all over the Internet and Social Media.

Lies, half truths, and cons to talk our supporters out of voting Libertarian. To shut us up, grind us down, and demoralize us during these last 4 weeks before Election Day.

Republicans are working hard to drive down voter turnout for Libertarian Party candidates up and down the ticket.

The Mitt Romney Republicans will say anything and do anything to silence your voice for liberty. Your vote for liberty. And the votes of everyone that you and I win over to the cause of freedom.

Especially to push down the votes and turn out for our Libertarian Presidential Ticket: 2-Term Governor Gary Johnson and 25-Year Superior Court Judge Jim Gray.

Fight back. Help us fight back. We only have 28 days left.

36 thoughts on “Libertarian Party HQ: Republicans Running Boiler Rooms to Kill Libertarian Vote

  1. paulie Post author

    I don’t have it in that format.

    The header information gmail displays is

    Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    subject: Libertarian Party Fights Back Against NEW Republican Party Attacks
    mailed-by: icpbounce.com
    signed-by: icontact.com

    If there is a way to get more complete header info someone will have to explain to me how to do that.

  2. paulie Post author

    Here is the full text of the email. I know of no way to grab the links and images out of gmail.


    Libertarian Party Fights Back Against

    NEW Republican Party Attacks

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Dear Fellow Libertarian,

    Today, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Senior Judge James Gardner Colins is expected to rule on the Republican Party’s final attempt to nullify the Libertarian Party’s hard-won ballot status for 2012.

    How did the Republicans try to nullify LP ballot status? They falsely claimed that we falsified thousands of petition signatures.

    The truth? According to legal testimony and documents filed with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Pennsylvania Republicans hired Reynold Selvaggio, “a private investigator to pose as an FBI officer and visit people who had gathered signatures for the Libertarian Party, offering them $2,000 in exchange for saying in court that the petitions they had gathered were falsified.”

    Bribery? Suborning perjury to knock the Libertarian Party off the ballot?

    That’s what we’ve been up against. That’s what we have to overcome.

    Do you think that’s the end of the Republican Party’s Dirty Tricks to undermine and sabotage the Libertarian Party during this 2012 Election?

    Not hardly.

    Republicans have mounted a targeted stealth campaign to neutralize, compromise, and con our voters into staying home – or voting for Mitt Romney.

    Which voters? Libertarian Party members, Ron Paul supporters, fiscal conservative independents, and True Blue Tea Party loyalists in razor-close Tipping Point states – New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado – and even Montana.

    Hundreds of these stealth Republicans, pretending to be Libertarians or Ron Paul activists, are regularly calling into Talk Radio shows, and telling listeners why they just can’t, can’t let Obama win – why they must, must vote for Mitt Romney.

    These Republican Judas Goats are trying to use ‘Social Proof’ – a manipulation strategy – to trick liberty lovers into voting for Big Government Mitt Romney for President.

    We have reports from Colorado and Montana of boiler room telephone operations – with fakers, counterfeits, and imposters pretending to be ‘tormented,’ ‘struggling,’ and ‘torn’ over whether to vote for Gary Johnson or Mitt Romney…and deciding that they must, must vote for Republican Mitt Romney.

    Are YOU torn between voting for Libertarian Presidential candidate, Governor Gary Johnson – and Republican Mitt Romney?

    Me neither!

    Then there’s the direct mail flood from “Libertarians” for Romney, “Ron Paul Activists” for Romney, “Tea Partiers” for Romney. All trying to wear you down. Trying to convince us that Big Government Mitt Romney is really on our side. Trying to plant doubts, undermine our resolve, weaken our efforts – so we give up and stay home, or, vote Republican.

    Talk Radio, phone calls, direct mail – and, of course, all over the Internet and Social Media.

    Lies, half truths, and cons to talk our supporters out of voting Libertarian. To shut us up, grind us down, and demoralize us during these last 4 weeks before Election Day.

    Republicans are working hard to drive down voter turnout for Libertarian Party candidates up and down the ticket.

    The Mitt Romney Republicans will say anything and do anything to silence your voice for liberty. Your vote for liberty. And the votes of everyone that you and I win over to the cause of freedom.

    Especially to push down the votes and turn out for our Libertarian Presidential Ticket: 2-Term Governor Gary Johnson and 25-Year Superior Court Judge Jim Gray.

    Fight back. Help us fight back. We only have 28 days left.

    Are you able to donate $10,000 or $5,000 to help us cancel out the Republican lies to Libertarian voters? Will you please step forward and donate now?

    Or, are you a libertarian who can contribute $2,500 or $1,000 to help us revitalize Libertarian supporters and voters this election? Will you please donate it now?

    Or, do you have a budget that would allow you to give a one-time $500 or $250 donation now to make sure that hundreds of thousands of Americans hear our freedom message? Will you, please?

    Or could you possibly give $150 or $85 or $50 or $25 today – to take advantage of this only-once-every-four-years opportunity?

    Please either click and donate now or mail your donation to the address below with “Fight Back 2012″ in the memo.

    Thank you.

    Yours in liberty,

    Carla Howell, Executive Director

    Libertarian Party

    P.S. Don’t let the Republican Dirty Tricks Gang get away with it. We only have 28 days. Please help our Libertarian Party candidates get publicity, get news coverage, and get votes – NOW. Will you please donate $25 or $50 or $150 or $1,000? Your donation is our budget.

    Paid for by the Libertarian National Committee
    2600 Virginia Ave, N.W. Suite 200, Washington D.C. 20037
    Content not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.

  3. paulie Post author

    I’m sure that I’m not the only one here on that email list so perhaps others here if they are reading these comments can confirm they received this, I would appreciate as many people doing so as possible.

  4. Nikki

    You are the only one who is speaking about it, that is why I ask.
    Anyone else who has mentioned it has said a “friend” told them.

    Can you forward me a copy to the email I signed on with?

  5. paulie Post author

    Email sent.

    For the benefit of anyone else reading that may think I am making this up, I would appreciate other people confirming that they received it.

  6. Nikki

    Thank you.
    I will take a screencap and send it back to you as an image so you can share it with anyone else you wish.

  7. Nikki

    BTW, it is not that I think that you are making it up, it is more that I need something more tangible than a cut and paste in order for me to forward it to my friends.

    It will also help me find the filings.

  8. George Phillies

    I received something similar, and do not have the time to do a word for word check.

    The above exchange reads as though some of the exchange is not visible on IPR. In particular @1 “If this is the case, please post a pdf of the email.” leads me to ask “If WHAT is the case”? What is the issue here? Nikki? Paulie?

    The usually hidden header lines on my message, if that is what you are asking (I am not sure), are

    Message ID
    X-Account-Key account1
    X-UIDL 00016009638205c30000003900004b4e
    X0Mozilla-Status 0001

  9. paulie Post author

    The above exchange reads as though some of the exchange is not visible on IPR. In particular @1 “If this is the case, please post a pdf of the email.” leads me to ask “If WHAT is the case”? What is the issue here? Nikki? Paulie?

    I took that to mean “if this letter from LPHQ exists.”

  10. Nikki

    A pdf or image file is important for those who may accuse someone of altering the text.
    yes a pdf or image file can be changed but it is considered more reliable than a cut and paste.

    It is also easier than forwarding the email to a million strangers upon request.

  11. Jill Pyeatt

    I received the email at work, and would have posted it here as an article, but ever-vigilant reporter Paulie got to it first!

  12. paulie Post author

    Still no screencap from Nikki at this time. If anyone else knows how to take one please send it to me in case Nikki doesn’t.

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  14. Nikki

    I tried to pdf it but could not get the header info removed.
    I didn’t want our email addys floating around the stratosphere.

  15. paulie Post author

    The only image attachment I got was Carla’s signature.

    The other thing you sent me as far as I can tell is the same email without the images; it is not an image, though.

  16. paulie Post author

    That’s only part of the story.

    That part I reported on in a separate article earlier.

    The news about the boiler room is what was new here.

  17. Matt Cholko

    I say good for us that the GOP is concerned. I say good for the GOP that they are doing their job and trying to convince people to vote for their guy.

  18. paulie Post author

    My personal sources in the petitioning community tell me the amounts offered by the fake FBI agent to lie on the stand about petition fraud were actually up to $5,000 or more.

    Virginia PPP poll: Johnson 4%, Goode 1%, Stein Less Than 0.5%

    RNC Chairman: Gary Johnson Won’t Impact Election Results

    Libertarians Urge Philadelphia DA To Investigate Republican “Watergate-Style” Dirty Tricks

    Is Gary Johnson Putting Oregon in Play for Romney?

    Pennsylvania Libertarians Claim Enough Valid Signatures

  19. Tim Doran

    I can confirm that I too received this same email yesterday from LPHQ. I would expect that we might get a letter as well in the next week as this is good fund raising fodder.

    Tim Doran

  20. Jared King

    So all this GOP anti-voter fraud measures (no brown people at the ballots) is really just projection. Makes sense.

  21. Wobbly Rails

    Serves the Republicans right for trying to cheat us out of a place on the ballot! I hope we “take” Pennsylvania from them as punishment and then make them pay the court costs as well. The latter may not be possible due to the LP lawsuit against assessing fees, though.

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