Category Archives: Independents

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Ralph Nader: The Myths of Big Corporate Capitalism

By Ralph Nader at

Large corporate capitalism is a breed apart from smaller scale capitalism. The former can often avoid marketplace verdicts through corporate welfare, strip owner-shareholders of power over the top company bosses and offload the cost of their pollution, tax escapes and other “externalities” onto the backs of innocent people.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Two Independent Candidates for Congress Report Relatively Strong Contributions

Nick Troiano

The Federal Election Committee requires candidate for Congress to file reports this month, showing how much they have raised and spent during the first six months of the year. The current reports for two independent candidates show fairly substantial levels of contributions. Nick Troiano, running in Pennsylvania’s 10th district, has raised $85,408.… Read more ...

Maine Sun Journal: Eliot Cutler Confident He Can Win with a Late Surge

By Alanna Durkin:

Less than four months before Maine voters head to the polls, Independent candidate Eliot Cutler faces fundraising challenges, an incumbent Republican governor with fiercely loyal supporters and Democrats determined not to repeat the mistakes that cost them the 2010 election.

But Cutler, a 67-year-old from Cape Elizabeth, says he’s confident that his campaign will gain momentum this fall the way it did when he nearly beat Gov.… Read more ...

Top-Two Initiative Qualifies for Oregon 2014 Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

The Oregon Secretary of State says the initiative petition for a top-two system is valid, and the measure will appear on the November 2014 ballot. This article says that proponents have already raised $547,300, although they have spent most of it on paid circulators.

Proponents’ slogan seems to be that the initiative treats all voters equally, a claim that is not true.… Read more ...

Joan Barron: The Third-Party Struggle

Joan Barron

Excerpt from an article in the Casper Star-Tribune:

Don Wills of Laramie County, the chairman of the Country Party and a former chairman of he Libertarian Party, said in an e-mail that the Country Party is not a qualified minor party any more because of the “exclusionary election laws that the Legislature refuses to change.… Read more ...

IVN: Centrist Project Voice Endorses 5 Independent-Minded Candidates

By Shawn M. Griffiths

The Centrist Project Voice, a political action committee the Centrist Project says is the first to support candidates ready to set partisanship aside and “focus on the core issues of critical importance to all Americans,” on Wednesday announced 5 U.S. Senate candidates it has endorsed, including Larry Pressler of South Dakota, who the PAC made its inaugural endorsement in May.… Read more ...

Courthouse News Service: Hardship for Minor Parties in PA Struck Down

By Nick Divito:

Minor political parties can challenge Pennsylvania rules that require them to shoulder the costs when major parties challenge their ballot petitions, the 3rd Circuit ruled.

“It would be a sad irony indeed if the state that prides itself on being the cradle of American liberty had unlawfully restrictive ballot access laws,” the court’s 54-page opinion published Wednesday states.… Read more ...

IVN: Independent Senate Candidate Greg Orman Launches Statewide Ad Campaign

By Shawn M. Griffiths

Entrepreneur Greg Orman, an independent candidate running for U.S. Senate in Kansas, on Thursday launched a statewide broadcast, cable, and radio ad campaign in every media market in the state.

Orman released two television ads: “Stuck” and “Businessman.”

“Stuck” is a 30-second commercial depicting red and blue teams in a never-ending tug-of-war match to win over America.… Read more ...

Nebraska Secretary of State Qualifies Jenkins for November Ballot

Nebraska Secretary of State, John Gale, said today that enough signatures have been verified to put Jim Jenkins on the ballot as a non-partisan candidate in November.

Jenkins turned in nearly 6,000 signatures. To be added to the ballot, at least 4,000 valid signatures were required with at least 750 of those signatures collected in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.… Read more ...