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Reform Party Sets National Presidential Convention
The Reform Party national presidential convention will be August 10-12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The party is ballot-qualified in Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who once led the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, all but conceded the race Sunday to his rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Gingrich called Mr. Romney “far and away the most likely Republican nominee,” adding that he would throw his support behind the front-runner if Mr. Romney secured the required delegates for the nomination.
“If I end up not being the nominee, I have already talked to Chairman Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee,” he said. “I’d want to work this fall to help defeat [President Barack] Obama any way I could. Whatever the team thinks I can do to be helpful, I would do.”
Both Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney hit each other hard during the primary race. “It turned out he had more things to hit with than I did,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And that’s part of the business.”
But while acknowledging Mr. Romney’s likely nomination, Mr. Gingrich said he would stay in the race to influence Republican thinking on issues from U.S. energy independence to revamping Social Security.
“Platforms matter in the long run in the evolution of the party,” he said. “And the party is more than just a presidential candidate. It’s Senate candidates, House candidates, state legislators.”
Mr. Gingrich’s comments come as Rick Santorum, Mr. Romney’s strongest remaining opponent, canceled campaign events on Monday after his youngest daughter, who has a genetic disorder, was hospitalized.
Mr. Gingrich, who won the South Carolina primary Jan. 21, pointed to the Florida primary 10 days later as a turning point in the race. Florida “got to be a real brawl” that demonstrated Mr. Romney’s fundraising prowess, he said. “Unfortunately, our guys tried to match Romney. It turned out we didn’t have anything like his capacity to raise money.”
Mr. Gingrich said his campaign continues to operate “on a shoestring,” and added that he had “slightly less” than $4.5 million in campaign debt.
"If more public officials read You Won - Now What? before taking office, I'd have much less work to do."
-- Mike Wallace, in praise for my book.
Twelve New Mexico Major Party Candidates Need Court Relief to Get on June Primary Ballot
New Mexico state courts are about to determine the fate of twelve Democratic and Republican Party candidates, whose ballot positions in the June primary are in jeopardy. See this story, which concerns mostly minor defects in petitions. Some of the candidates are incumbent legislators.
Some years ago, a bill was introduced in the New Mexico legislature to let candidates onto primary ballots by fee instead of petition, but it did not pass.
New Jersey State Court Likely to Rule in Favor of Ballot Access for Candidates Barred by the Clock
Three Democrats seeking to run for Haddon Heights, New Jersey, council, have been forced to sue to get themselves on the June 5 primary ballot. A lower state court judge has put them on the ballot temporarily, and has asked elections officials to explain why the relief should not be permanent. The election official charged with receiving their paperwork says the documents were turned in fifteen minutes too late. The candidates dispute that and say in any event, the official wouldn’t accept the papers in a timely manner because she was taking a smoking break outside the office. See this story.
The New York cardinal wades into the 2012 Republican primary battle.
Preliminary FEC Draft Denies U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Request to Ask Contributors to Replace Stolen Contributions
On April 6, the Federal Election Commission general counsel presented a proposed draft of an advisory opinion, denying the request of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein that her contributors be allowed to contribute again. The basis for Feinstein’s request is that the original contributions were stolen by her campaign treasurer. Of course, the Feinstein request only refers to contributors who had already contributed the maximum of $2,500.
The Feinstein campaign learned last year that Kinde Durkee apparently embezzled at least $4,545,386 from the campaign. The Feinstein campaign wishes to replace as much of this money as possible, and requested permission to let contributors who had already given the maximum to this year’s campaign to give again. But the draft opinion denies the request. It says, “The purpose of the contribution limit, and the basis for the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold its constitutionality, is to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption ‘stemming from the dependence of candidates on large campaign contributions.’ Buckley v Valeo. The larger the contribution, the greater the danger of actual and apparent corruption. See generally Buckley at 25-28. That danger does not disappear because some of the Committee’s funds were embezzled. To the contrary, if a campaign commottee were to accept second contributions to ‘replace’ those that were made, deposited, and then misappropriated, the candidate’s indebtedness to those contributors would increase.” The FEC itself will consider whether to approve this draft opinion, or amend it, or possibly reverse it, on April 12.
Mike Wallace, "a pioneer of American broadcasting who confronted leaders and liars for the newsmagazine 60 Minutes for four decades, has died," the New York Times reports.
He was 93.
Morley Safer: "For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers. His visits were preceded by the four dreaded words: Mike Wallace is here."
Must watch: A special program dedicated to Wallace will be broadcast on 60 Minutes next Sunday, April 15.
Buddy Roemer Receives $185,470.11 in Federal Primary Season Matching Funds
Buddy Roemer, currently seeking the Americans Elect presidential nomination, has received $185,470.11 in federal primary season matching funds. See this FEC presss release. So far no one else running for President this year has qualified.
"It never occurred to me -- and this is one of the lessons I'm contemplating for some future memoir -- it never occurred to me the scale of the Romney fundraising capability. I was fully prepared to be outspent 2-to-1, even 3-to-1. But when you're up to 5- or 6-to-1, you're being drowned. You're not going to be able to match it."
-- Newt Gingrich, in an interview with the Washington Post.
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