Thanks to a recent post by ballot access and election law expert Richard Winger on his long running blog, Ballot Access News, we were made aware of a great article on New Orleans Times-Picayue by Jonathan Tilove about independent Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemer’s efforts to find a vice-presidential running mate.
Roemer has decided to seek the nomination of the American’s Elect organization, a website that seeks has obtained a spot on Presidential ballots across the country for a candidate that meets its criteria. Wikipedia describes Americans Elect as a “non-partisan non-profit organization in the United States hosting the first national online presidential primary in U.S. history”.
According to the Article on the New Orleans Times-Picayue, Roemer has said that “we’re looking at 23 different people to have as a running mate. Under the rules of the Americans Elect unity ticket we have to pick a Democrat or Independent”. The article also said that “With only 10 days until the first round of voting in Americans Elect’s on-line nominating process, Roemer, with a little more than 4,000 supporters, is the top declared candidate for the nomination of the private organization”.
There is also an interesting look at Roemer’s campaign’s financial situation. Take a look:
As of the end of March, the Roemer campaign was, by its standards, flush with cash with nearly $200,000 in the bank, according to its most recent Federal Election Commission filing, owing to a $185,470.11 deposit of federal matching funds. Roemer, who doesn’t accept any political action committee money or individual contributions of greater than $100, has received a total of $285,470.11 in federal matching funds. He is the only presidential candidate this cycle receiving matching monies.
Thanks again to Richard Winger. His website is a great place for election news and very comprehensive. Wikipedia describes Mr. Winger as follows:
Richard Lee Winger (born August 27, 1943) is the publisher and editor of Ballot Access News. He sits on the editorial board of the Election Law Journal and has been accepted as an expert on election law in federal courts in nine states, including California. He publishes analysis, statistics and legal information and supports more equitable laws allowing access to the ballot for minor parties.
Winger is widely regarded as an expert on ballot access and election law. Though not a lawyer, he testifies in court cases and legislative hearings and is a source for media and political organizers. He has been published in Journal of Election Law, the Fordham Urban Law Review, and other publications. Since 1985 Winger has published Ballot Access News, a monthly newsletter covering developments in ballot access law and among the minor parties generally.