Group of Republican Donors Hires Consulting Firm to Research How to Qualify an Independent Presidential Candidate

An anonymous group of Republican Party donors has asked a Republican political consulting firm to research how an independent presidential candidate can get on state ballots. See this document. Here is a Politico story about the report. The authors of the report seem to miss the fact that procedures for a new party in Delaware, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas, are far easier than the requirements to be an independent presidential candidate. The firm is Data Targeting.


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Group of Republican Donors Hires Consulting Firm to Research How to Qualify an Independent Presidential Candidate — 4 Comments

  1. In Texas, doesn’t an organization intending to seek party status through a ballot access petition process have to have made known an intention to the Secretary of State of Texas already earlier in January?

  2. Yes. Six unqualified parties filed that notice: Constitution, Reform, Modern Whig, Christian, Socialist, and Veterans.

    The Texas requirement that such a notice be filed has never been tested in court. As applied to presidential elections, it seems obvious that it is unconstitutional under Anderson v Celebrezze, 460 US 780 (1983).

  3. Regarding their redacted short lists – gotta laugh as they do look short. http://www.politics1.com reports in their twitter feed that they think Rick Perry is on it. Makes sense for Texas, but I don’t see all that much excitement about him for any other states. I honestly don’t see “conservatives” pulling such a stunt out of fear of a Hillary presidency. Still, I could use the extra coin, so Richard, please feel free to forward them my email. 🙂

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