Got this from Third Party Watch:
Closing out the Badnarik Campaign
(Sorry that you got this twice, the formatting failed in the original!)
Well, folks, it is almost over.
With a little negotiation and adjustments to be done, some re-filing of FEC reports, the last bills paid, and only a few thousand more in contributions to make that happen, I will be able to close out the Badnarik for Congress campaign. Yes, that’s right, it’s down to just a few thousand (the hardest few thousand to get)!
To all of you who have supported us, I repeat my thanks and my vow to work twice as diligently to ensure that the things that undermined this campaign won’t happen again to anybody else. Toward that end, I’ll be developing Liberty’s Infrastructure Project. You may recall that I’ve been talking about LawfulGov.Org as my next project. Well, it is, but there’s more. LawfuGov.Org is important, but it can’t do everything needed. Yes, we need an entity that will sue the pants off rogue agencies and bureaucrats, filling in the gap with legal action where political parties can’t go. But the truth is, we need a complete infrastructure. Fundraising, outreach, social supports, ballot access, general public awareness…. there’s no way all of this is getting done by financially weak local parties, and the presidential campaign can’t be expected to carry it all. That hasn’t worked.
You will get one more email from me regarding B4C, and that will be the one announcing the final closing of the campaign and the publication of my final report. Watch for that, it will be a web address.
In the meantime, won’t you consider one more contribution to the campaign, to end this cycle and help us all move on?
I know that many of you are busy helping and supporting the next set of candidates, or just plain disgusted at how things have gone. But you can’t stop now, and you can’t keep thinking that there’s only so much pie to go around. That’s a guarantee that we’ll just continue to fail.
The solution is simple: bake a bigger pie! Compare what you could still give up in creature pleasures to what you’ve already lost in the exercise of your rights, and reallocate your money accordingly.
Make more money, too. Many Libertarian activists go broke for this cause by giving themselves over to full-time campaigns, and many more stay only barely afloat because they give it all their time. Yet it is not the pie of money that is limited, it is the aggregate amount of time required: our physical numbers are too small to pay for getting it all done without very painful sacrifice from all of us. I want to do something serious about that. I want more support and greater results with less pain from fewer people.
You know I have the ability to dream big, and to raise money toward making things happen. I plan to shift most of my focus to growing and funding the movement itself: everything else will flow from that. True, this latest venture didn’t go as planned, but it will prove to have been one hell of an object lesson in how to kill yourself by sticking to the tried and untrue.
In the meantime, I need to get this old thing to bed so I can get busy waking up the public. If you’re still on this list when that gets going, you’ll be invited to help, time or money, it won’t matter which. For now, let’s get done with the past so we can be free to build a future.
A number of presidential-nomination hopefuls have approached me to use this list to raise money for their campaigns. I have declined them all, for two reasons. First, I personally think that to preserve the value of the list for the more general purpose of expanding the movement, supporting ballot access, and building a 527 Independent Expenditure Committee to support our next presidential campaign that will be free of contribution limits, it would be a bad idea to alienate any segment of the list by supporting one nomination contender over another. Second and more important, to the best of my knowledge none of you gave permission for your info to be sold.
On that last point, it is important that you understand what will be happening with this list. Upon closing the campaign, the list will officially transfer ownership to my consulting company, as its compensation in lieu of payment. At that point, it will begin to be used for the Liberty’s Infrastructure project, about which you will receive notice when appropriate, IF you are still on the list. You have this and one more chance to get off this list, by clicking the Remove link that should be included below. The other chance is after you’ve gotten the final closure announcement and web address for my final report.
If you are certain that you don’t care for any more news about this campaign, and you want off this list, you should probably do it now. If you stay on for now, don’t worry – I’ll remind you one more time in that last message.