Barr breaks $1 million barrier

He wasn’t in the presidential debate, but Bob Barr had good news on another front last Friday: That’s the day he broke the $1 million barrier in fundraising. Deputy Campaign Manager Shane Cory reports:

Bright and early this morning, we broke the $1 million barrier!...

Everyone from the campaign staff along with Bob Barr and Wayne Root are grateful for the incredible support that we are receiving.

We have only 39 days left before the election and our campaign is growing stronger by the day.

41 Responses to “Barr breaks $1 million barrier”

  1. David K. Meller Says:

    One million dollars, while it sounds like a lot, isn’t really that much. Obama probably raises that amount every half hour or so! It is therefor imperative that the Barr-Allen Root campaign avoid making any more blunders like the Ron Paul third-party press conference-he didn’t show up—and spend the money as intelligently and prudently as possible.

    Getting the most “bang for the buck” can still salvage this campaign, but you all must move fast!

    PEACE AND FREEDOM!!
    David K. Meller

  2. George Dance Says:

    The Barr campaign has begun radio advertising, but at present that’s all it can afford. Let’s face it, Barr didn’t get the breaks; none of the endorsements he lined up came through for him: not just Paul, but also Viguerie, the NRA, and the Christianists needed to get him into Saddleback. So it looks like the Barr campaign is not going to raise much more than the average Libertarian presidential campaign: still not bad, considering how much money Paul vacuumed out of the party previously.

    I hope the Barr campaign changes its priorities accordingly. For one thing, I think it’s pretty much a given that Barr is not going to get to debate McBama; he should abandon that hope and agree to debate the other third parties in this debate: http://www.nolanchart.com/article5032.html

    I’ve been advising the campaign to do that, but the only thing I’ve seen so far is my removal as a “Blogger for Barr.” Not that I’m bitter about that; the Barr campaign has taken so many hits from those calling themselves its ideological allies that it’s probably punch drunk at this point.

  3. Jonathan Says:

    Please donate if you can , we need money to fight lawsuits and actually campaign

  4. Michael Seebeck Says:

    So, Jonathan, if you need money to “actually campaign”, WTF has your boy been doing with the money to this point?

    And where’s the other $39M that was promised, also?

    George Dance, you should not be surprised. Other internal reports from that mess indicate that Phillies was dead-on when he warned of an oncoming train wreck in that camp.

  5. Jonathan Says:

    wow Michael I think the Barr campaiign has done an excellent job with only 1 million. It shows you have no idea of the expenses involved. In addition every single day Barr is somewhere working hard for the Libertarian PArty and the people of this great country. Try looking at the evetns section at www.bobbarr2008.com I’m sorry you have not been paying attention.

  6. DIAMOND DAVE Says:

    Barr will end up with more money raised than Badnarik and more votes than Badnarik. If this is a “train wreck” like Michael Seedsperm says, I like it a lot

  7. GREEN DAD Says:

    Keep donating at www.bobbarr2008.com and keep sending emails opposing the bailout, we can’t let up and we have to keep the pressure on. Long Live The Libertarian Party.

  8. George Dance Says:

    @Johnathan: Yes, the campaign needs money, for lawsuits as well as advertising. https://www.bobbarr2008.com/donate/

    @ Michael Seebeck: To give Phillies his due, he’s done his part to create the “train wreck.” His decision to use his placeholder status on the NH ballot to actively campaign as the Boston Tea Party-endorsed candidate meant the Barr campaign had to repetition in NH. Not only was that one more expense, but it meant petitioners had to be diverted from Connecticut and Maine, which kept us off the ballot in those two states (unless the lawsuits there change things.)

  9. Registered Republican Says:

    Thank you George for telling the truth

  10. Carl Says:

    Radio??? How about google ads? Where were the ads targeting the Ron Paul voters—landing on a Ron Paul specific page? Even John McCain stooped to google ads.

    Libertarian campaigns should think small and scale up if they get traction. This campaign if following the course of the Badnarik for Congress campaign—albeit with much better press coverage.

    I am glad I did not donate.

  11. George Phillies Says:

    As this matter has been discussed repeatedly before, I shall simply note that George Dance is not telling the truth. New Hampshire does not have placeholders and never has. There has never been any option for putting people onto the ballot in NH other than petitioning for that person. I note—since I do see the major NH talk groups—that it would have been possible for a campaign to get the nominating papers out immediately after the convention, rather than waiting for the start of July. To eliminate the obvious prejudice, Barr was very certainly aware that NH did not have substitution, since the LNC had an extended discussion of this with the LPNH a year ago.

    Furthermore, my status in NH is as a result of the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire State Convention, a year and a half before the election. The Boston Tea Party recognized it could not put its own candidate on the NH ballot, and therefore did not try to do so. I am profoundly grateful to the BTP for its endorsement, and will be speaking out for its platform issues, but it was the LPNH that chose to put me on the ballot and did so.

    In the period in question, there were a number of available first class petitioners that the LNC refused to hire, not to mention the ones that they for some period fired.

    The Barr campaign suing for substitution while Barr is on the NH ballot is an astonishing example of pointless spending. Other flaws in the suit will I expect be exposed during what one might imagine will be an extremely extended discovery phase.

    If you wonder what the campaign and the LNC have been doing with their money, read Liberty For America, the magazine, at LibertyForAmerica.com

  12. Other-Brand.com Says:

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  13. faeriejems Says:

    Hey, just think how much he could have collected if he hadn’t alienated most of the Libertarian party???

    Before you all start screaming that I’m whining, you all know I’m right. Barr has been a tremendous disappointment for Libertarians, if not a total embarrassment.

    He has some time to correct his way—how about putting “Libertarian” on his website?

  14. joell Says:

    FINALLY! a million bucks five weeks before the election & probably .2% or less of votes cast; and some of his supporters will spin this as a success.

    The Libertarian Party is starting to remind me of the Green Party.

    ps…..barr is a stealth GOP operative and has set the LP party back 20 yrs by alienating core supporters. mission accomplished!

  15. Winston Smith Says:

    Before you all start screaming that I’m whining, you all know I’m right. Barr has been a tremendous disappointment for Libertarians, if not a total embarrassment.

    A tremendous disappointment by receiving more money, votes, and media attention than any other LP candidate in history?

    Barr has gained this Party more attention by his numerous television appearances than any candidate could have hoped to achieve. This in the the face of one of the most important elections in American history.

    Sorry, he doesn’t support kiddie porn or child sex. All you who do must throw your support behind Ruwart. The rest of us will continue to move this party forward.

    Yeah, no rational person would disappointed with that. You may continue your unhealthy hatred for Barr though.

  16. Registered Republican Says:

    To faeriejems

    Barr has himself and Wayne Root as “LIBERTARIAN PRESIDENTIAL TICKET” on his web site. I gues it’s been quite a while since you’ve visited

  17. disinter Says:

    Where’s all the barfers that were claiming Barf would raise 100 million when this scam of a campaign began?

  18. Tom Bryant Says:

    Reality will lie somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. Barr’s campaign is not going to be the trainwreck that some many people are fantasizing about. The only trainwreck campaign we’ve had was Berglands, and Barr will certainly do better than that. In fact, he will do better than Badnarik and Browne.

    However, he will not be a breakout superstar candidate that puts us on the map as some of his supporters are fantasizing about. I would guess that he will receive between 600-1mil votes. At best, about even with the 1980 campaign.

    I had expected that Barr would have lined up a significant amount of money from his friends within Washington DC, as well as contribute a 6 or low 7 figure amount of his own money. I am surprised that his fundraising effort relied so much upon Libertarians.

    If Barr does have some big donors coming, and gets up to 2-3 million, I would expect him to bring in 1 – 1.5 million votes. Still not the breakout candidate, but a great step in the right direction.

    As it stands now, he won’t be the worst candidate, he’ll most likely be our 2nd best candidate.

    Whether you hate him or love him, his campaign can get us some much ballot access if we help him out. What’s done is done, we need to make the best of the situation that we’re in.

  19. joell Says:

    Tom Bryant
    “I had expected that Barr would have lined up a significant amount of money from his friends within Washington DC, as well as contribute a 6 or low 7 figure amount of his own money”.

    barr’s “friends” in DC are republicians who ONLY donate funds to republicians.

    as far as donating a $milliion (more or less) of his own money, I always thought barr’s net worth would not be significantly more than this ammount.

    over the years, i’ve read many articles about barr, from struggling attorney, to federal prosecutor, to career poiltician and i can’t recall any references to him as being wealthy. please correct me if i’m wrong.

  20. JT Says:

    Winston Smith: “A tremendous disappointment by receiving more money, votes, and media attention than any other LP candidate in history?”

    First, Barr is not receiving more money than any LP presidential candidate in history. I don’t know where you got this idea. Harry Browne had already raised $1 million by the time of the LP convention in 2000. Ed Clarke had $2 million of running mate David Koch’s money in 1980 on top of other donations.

    Second, Barr has not received more votes than any other LP presidential candidate in history. At this point, I think he probably will receive over one million votes. But it’s rather premature to speak as though the election has already happened.

    Third, Barr got a lot of media attention when he announced his campaign and right after he was nominated, certainly more than any other Libertarian would have received. But I don’t see any indication that he’s receiving more media coverage now than every past LP presidential candidate.

    I don’t see the Barr campaign as a “train wreck.” But the evidence so far shows it’s not a tremendous achievement either.

  21. Winston Smith Says:

    JT,

    First, you pointed out the difference yourself. Clarke had to get 2 million from his running mate. Barr has not.

    Secondly Barr will receive more votes than any other LP candidate. I feel confident in saying that.

    Third, he is constantly in the media. From the past couple weeks alone….

    He was just on Neil Cavuto this morning. No other LP candidate would have even sniffed that kind of attention. Look at his constant appearances and where he is giving speeches also. There is nothing disappointing about this campaign.

  22. faeriejems Says:

    Winston, my “unhealthy hatred” for Barr? Don’t you think that’s melodramatic?

    What you don’t know is that I was at the Convention. I did NOT vote for Barr (obviously). However, I really gave him a chance. I wrote to him a couple times, asked about appearances in CA, etc. Never a response, only those stupid requests for money. I just checked Bob’s website, and son-of-a-gun, it now says Barr_Libertarian at the top. That has changed in the 4 hours since my first posting. Maybe someone called Bob on ripping off George Phillies’ Liberty for America? Also, since you brought up the ridiculous kiddie porn thing, why don’t you ask Barr why he wrote a check for his wife’s abortion while he was politicking as a pro-lifer? See, I do my homework.

    I will be delighted if Barr gets a million votes and will eat my keyboard if that happens.

  23. disinter Says:

    He was just on Neil Cavuto this morning. No other LP candidate would have even sniffed that kind of attention. Look at his constant appearances and where he is giving speeches also. There is nothing disappointing about this campaign.

    And yet Barf still hasn’t raised more than Badnarik – a complete nobody.

    Just goes to show that people realize the fraud that Barf is.

  24. Glaivester Says:

    There were a few problems here-

    First, the LP convention, like the CP convention, was held too late. It should have been held in January or February, allowing ballot access to be started a lot sooner in states without substitution.

    Second, it seems to me that Barr should have hired people for the ballot access campaign who were not so alienating – Eric Dondero, for example, is a total embarrassment, lying (or else completely delusional) about George Phillies’ position in the Massachusetts lawsuit.

  25. Clark Says:

    WINSTONED SMITH HALLUCINATES: “He was just on Neil Cavuto this morning. No other LP candidate would have even sniffed that kind of attention. Look at his constant appearances and where he is giving speeches also. There is nothing disappointing about this campaign.”

    ...apparently winstoned hasn’t figured out the STRONG TENDENCY of ‘the republicrat media’ to NEVER/VERY FUCKING RARELY give ‘the microphone’ to anyone not a republicrat fuck-head..

    ...ergo, your republicrat fuck-head barf’s ‘superior media frequency’..

    METHINKS JOELL HAS IT RIGHT: “ps…..barr is a stealth GOP operative and has set the LP party back 20 yrs by alienating core supporters. mission accomplished!”

  26. Jstil Says:

    You know what I think? I think Barr would have gotten a lot more support from Libertarian party members if he would have ran as an independent candidate and never even mentioned the word “libertarian”. Why? Because you Libertarian bozos are more concerned with bickering back and forth on who’s the “true Libertarian” and who isn’t than with what is happening to our country at the moment.

    Maybe if you idiots pulled your heads out of your asses and agreed to unite on some important core issues, realized people’s opinions can differ from one another, realized that people can make mistakes in their careers and learn from them, maybe then people would actually take your party seriously instead of viewing you as a bunch of flakes like I do. The Libertarian ideals are good ones, but it’s too bad the immature idiots behind the scenes of the Libertarian party ruin their reputation. You are your own worst enemy.

    Go ahead, bitch all day about Barr. I’m going to listen to what he has to say and probably vote for him. I’m glad he’s out there doing his best to call McCain and Obama out on their sham campaigns.

  27. JT Says:

    Winston, have you ever heard of Harry Browne? He was the LP candidate for president in 1996 and 2000, though he has since passed away. You should look him up. As I said in my last post, he had already raised $1 million by the time of the LP convention in 2000. He also was a guest on Fox News constantly—at least a dozen times during his campaign. He ended up receiving fewer than half a million votes in the election.

    Again, I think Bob Barr will receive about one million votes in the election, which would make him the highest vote-getter the LP has ever had. Of course, that would just be a footnote to the election. It probably won’t even be enough votes for third place, given Ralph Nader’s candidacy. And it’s not going to cause a massive influx of people to the LP after the election is over.

  28. Registered Republican Says:

    one million votes would be great for Barr and another million for Nader as well. I hope millions of people vote for Third Parties thus sending a strong message

  29. Registered Republican Says:

    I just received word that faeriejems is actually Lowell, how low can you go

  30. George Dance Says:

    Where’s all the barfers that were claiming Barf would raise 100 million when this scam of a campaign began?

    In your fantasies, where they always were.

  31. faeriejems Says:

    Registered Republican: Keep guessing…

  32. Brian D Says:

    Way to be a team player Phillies. Are you sure your head fits into the room where your computer is are does someone else do the typing for you? Your candidacy has always been a joke. Your political cult looks and sounds like LaRouche’s only you are the only one who writes posts for yourself.

  33. Tom Bryant Says:

    Badnarik only raised a million dollars, Barr is raising more money.

  34. BuckeyeKned Says:

    Jstil and Brian D: “Thank you” I couldn’t say it any better.

    LP train left the Denver station in late May and we might as well just run over the knuckleheads in the way. The old guard of the LP had 35 fricken years to get something done. How did it work for us? Happy with all the people they elected?
    I don’t have 35 years left to wait for some LP debate club to determine who sits in what deck chair. Therefore, the revolution and “new” libertarian party is so darn refreshing that I feel invigorated again.

  35. GREEN DAD Says:

    Let’s end September strong , please donate as much as you can afford.
    www.bobbarr20083com The support has been tremendous as you know for those that have been involved in the campaign the last week.

    Please urge everyone to donate

  36. Winston Smith Says:

    The old guard of the LP had 35 fricken years to get something done. How did it work for us? Happy with all the people they elected?

    At least someone else gets it.

    The people who originally joined had no intentions of the party ever growing. They understood nothing about politics or how to give a message to the American people. Hence the reason we are just now becoming mainstream.

    We will look back to Barr and remember him as the candidate who finally put this party into mainstream politics.

  37. disinter Says:

    METHINKS JOELL HAS IT RIGHT: “ps…..barr is a stealth GOP operative and has set the LP party back 20 yrs by alienating core supporters. mission accomplished!”

    Agreed.

  38. Craig Says:

    Didn’t Ron Paul raise a million dollars in four hours once?

  39. Clark Says:

    ...some working theories from “THE CLARK INSTITUTE FOR EXPOSING REPUBLICRAT MONETARY IGNORAMUSSES” :

    ...for whatever reasons, it seems most/all ‘political’ ‘groups,’ ‘parties,’ deteriorate.. as the worst among them/us tend to gravitate towards ‘the top positions/positions of power/etc…

    ...furthermore, thoughtful, decent people tend to avoid the fucking scumbags, knuckleheads, etc. that tend to float to ‘the top’ in ‘politics’...so we have an awful cesspool here..

    ...it seems even my favorite, the LP, has a majority of people in ‘leadership positions’ who can’t get through their thick skulls that:

    1.) one or two or even 10 or 100 million fucking, stinking ‘dollars’ is but a fart in a cat. 6 hurricane, you dumb republicrat fucks!! (nevermind that you republicrat dopes don’t even understand the origin, nature, etc. of even one ‘dollar’) Rush stinking Limbaugh, etc. republicrat media cheerleaders galore burn through that in a couple of segments of their ‘shows’—SHOWS WHICH AMOUNT TO NOTHING MORE THAN PRO- STINKING REPUBLICAN/CRAT PARTY COMMERCIAL$...

    ...AND THE MOST POPULAR “LIBERTARIAN” ON THE AIR IS A REPUBLICRAT FUCK-HEAD BY THE NAME OF KNEEL BOORTZ WHO SUCKS REPUBLICAN PEEPEE!..and who harms any decent ‘libertarian’ cause with his loud ignorance..

    2.) that the current republicrat ‘political/election specter’ is A FUCKING FRAUD…’politics,’ you dumb republicrat fucks, ought to amount to an HONEST, VIGOROUS ‘competition of ideas about government’..you will note, for example, that in honest, vigorous, sports competitions the MANY PARTICIPANTS ‘GO AT ITHEAD-TO-HEAD, FREQUENTLY…WITH ANY CHEERLEADERS, ANNOUNCERS, etc. SECONDARY TO ‘THE GAME’ ‘ON THE FIELD.’

    ...BUT IN THESE STINKING, FUCKING, PHONY, “POLITICAL COMPETITIONSTHE VERY FEW ‘VIABLE” PARTICIPANTS RUN FROM HONEST, VIGOROUS DEBATE/COMPETITION OF IDEAS WHILST THE FUCKING REPUBLICRAT CHEERLEADERS AND ANNOUNCERS ARE THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE FRAUDULENT EVENT!!

    ...but have a good day…and thank-you, tpw! that felt good!.. ;o)

  40. George Dance Says:

    While my colleague Dr. Phillies protests that I am “not telling the truth” about his campaign, the only possible inaccuracy in my letter that he deals with is my claim that he was nominated as a “placeholder” by the LPNH convention. It may be that the party wanted Phillies on the November ballot, regardless of whom the national LP nominated; but if so I’d have to see some evidence of that. I will note that the LPNH executive, elected at that same convention, didn’t see any such evidence; otherwise they wouldn’t have joined the Barr campaign in suing to have Dr. Phillies dropped from the ballot (a fact Dr. Phillies does not mention).

    It is true that the state is disallowing ballot substitution; but in that case the Barr/LPNH lawsuit is hardly “pointless” (as Dr. Phillies claims). If third parties are going to both comply with the petitioning law, and hold nominating conventions at a time when there is public and media interest in the election, then substitution is essential. That’s an issue in more states than NH (see eg PA, where the GOP is trying to keep Barr off the ballot with a spurious suit claiming the substitution there was a “fraud”), and in more years than 2008.

    As for the rest, Dr. Phillies goes into points I never mentioned. Methinks he is protesting too much. Perhaps he has a guilty conscience on this. He certainly has been close-mouthed about his decision to actively campaign on the BTP ticket: this is the first time in more than a month that I’ve seen him write anything on it. He didn’t even mention it at the anti-Barr sites he frequents: for example, on the very day the BTP announced the news, Last Free voice was carrying an article on how Dr. Phillies was withdrawing from the race and supporting Barr; the author, ENM, confirmed with me that she knew nothing about any Phillies/BTP alliance.

  41. George Dance Says:

    Sorry, I meant ENM was the “poster,” not the “author.” The article about Dr. Phillies withdrawing, which quoted him as saying he was supporting Barr for President, was a reprint from his hometown newspaper.

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