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The Commission on Presidential Debates Actively Participates in Candidate Suppression

The Commission on Presidential Debates Actively Participates in Candidate Suppression

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a privately formed organization created by the Democrat and Republican Parties that organizes the debates.

There is nothing about the CPD that is unbiased or impartial to third party candidates like Jo Jorgensen.

The FEC allows any organization to organize and invite candidates to debate.

However Republican and Democratic candidates sign contracts agreeing only to participate in a commission on presidential debates organized debate.

They set their rules so that you have to be polling at 15% in five “reputable polls in the summer” to be invited, all the while knowing polling agencies have almost always excluded third party candidates until after Labor Day.

This can be seen this year in the current polling records on fivethirtyeight.com
This kinda makes it impossible to meet the “fair and impartial” selection criteria as defined by the FEC in our opinion. 

The courts recently struck down our appeal in a dc circuit court.  Next moves may need a Supreme Court ruling on the matter. 

So while that is the case we have to do what we can to get her name included in the polls now so that the media can be forced to mention her name in poll results which drives up her name notoriety. 

Then we may have a chance at the debates in the current rules.

With that said I wouldn’t be surprised to see some third party debates at some point which trump and Biden will be invited to but won’t attend.

I think we should bring attention to the companies that sponsor the debates....
These are also the board members and commission leadership.

  • Co-Chairs
    • Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.
    • Dorothy S. Ridings
    • Kenneth Wollack
  • Honorary Co-Chairs
    • Gerald R. Ford*
    • Jimmy Carter
    • Ronald Reagan*
    • George W. Bush
    • Barack Obama
    • Co-Chair Emeritus
    • Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
  • Board of Directors
    • John C. Danforth
    • Charles Gibson
    • John Griffen
    • Yvonne Hao
    • Jane Harman
    • Antonia Hernandez
    • Reverend John I. Jenkins
    • Newton N. Minow
    • Richard D. Parsons
    • Olympia Snowe
  • Executive Director
    • Janet H. Brown
National Debate Sponsors
  • 2016 National Sponsors
    • Anheuser-Busch Companies
    • AARP
    • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    • The Kovler Fund
    • The National Governors Association
    • Philips
  • 2012 National Sponsors
    • Anheuser-Busch Companies
    • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    • Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
    • Crowell & Moring LLP
    • International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)
    • The Kovler Fund
    • Southwest Airlines
  • 2008 National Sponsors
    • Anheuser-Busch Companies
    • BBH New York
    • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    • Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
    • EDS, an HP Company
    • International Bottled Water Association
    • The Kovler Fund
    • YWCA USA
    • * Communications Support provided by The Kaiser Family Foundation
  • 2004 National Sponsors
    • AARP
    • American Airlines
    • America’s Charities
    • Anheuser-Busch Companies
    • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    • Sheldon S. Cohen – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
    • Continental Airlines
    • Discovery Channel
    • EDS
    • JetBlue Airways
    • The Kovler Fund
What can be done?

A persistent issue for Libertarian candidates has been the unwillingness of polling agencies to be listed in their polls.

It is impossible to poll at 15% when a candidate isn’t even listed in a poll!

Therefore it is important for campaigns, volunteers, activists, and voters to reach out to polling agencies and media outlets and ask for inclusion well in advance of when the polling will commence.

How to contact a polling firm.

Polling agencies are just like anything else in America.  They want more profit, resources, attention, and to be the best at what they do.

Just like any business or non-profit, reach out to them!

If they receive enough feedback they’ll respond.  Polling agencies often run polls on their own; especially if the agency is part of an academic institution.

They will partner with a major media outlet; such as CNN, who in the past has partnered with Quinnipiac and ORC.  Oftentimes candidates will hire polls for their own internal use.

If a campaign can afford to hire a poll, consider hiring a poll and stop reading this; congratulations you can afford to hire professionals. 

You can call (pollsters call you enough, why not get some revenge), write, email, and reach out on social media.

Just be polite, positive, and passionate for representation. 

Keep your message brief and never copy and paste the same messaging over and over.

Make sure you request a specific candidate(s).  Like any industry, people from different organizations talk and share amongst each other, if they see the same email over and over again, they’ll dismiss your effort as an astroturf movement.

It is recommended that as many polling agencies as possible are contacted, even if they’re not part of the five chosen by the CPD, as previously stated, Polling agencies are competitive with each other.  If one starts to list Libertaran candidates, others may follow.

Sadly, You Should Answer Your Phone, It could be a Pollster Calling 

Nobody likes getting calls from strange or unlisted numbers.  Our instinct is to ignore the call, or send it to voicemail.  If you’re a registered voter, chances are a polling agency will reach out to you.  So answer your phone.  If you’re concerned about your privacy, ask “whom may I ask is calling” before giving your identity.  If you don’t like what they say, hang up.  If the caller is from a poll, then offer to participate.

If your Libertarian candidate isn’t listed in the poll they represent, give their name as your answer.  Be polite and firm in your answer, explain that the choice you were given wasn’t a reasonable choice to you as a voter.  You could also contact the polling agency after the call to suggest including Libertarian candidates in the future.

Sample Communication
It is STRONGLY recommended you reach out and communicate with your own voice or originally written email.  Cut and pasted emails may not achieve the intended effect.  Still here is a sample email for the Jo Jorgensen campaign…

To whom it may concern,
        Please consider including Jo Jorgensen by name in polling your organization runs for the presidential election. Including her would provide more accurate information to the media and voters. Minor party candidates may not win very often, but their votes can influence the final result. I feel that reporting a minor party voter as undecided or only allowing them to choose between major party candidates paints an inaccurate picture, especially in a close race. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Your name  

Start contacting every late night show you can think of.
  1. Visit their website
  2. Find contact form
  3. Ask them to help give a voice to liberty for all
  4. Ask them to give Jo Jorgensen an interview.
  5. Tweet talk show hosts from every network.

They will not do this for us use your voice and be heard.

List of TV Talk Shows in the USA

List of media contacts for the press

This article has been pieced together with information over the last few years from various sources.