California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)

Calif. Libertarian Activist Vol III Issue 1 – APRIL 29, 2017


III, Issue 1
29, 2017  

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The official publication for activists of the
Libertarian Party of California





Libertarians kick off annual convention in Silicon Valley

LPC logo (graphic image)

The 2017 convention of the Libertarian Party of California (LPC) was kicked off energetically on Friday evening with an opening reception in Silicon Valley, land of entrepreneurship and innovation, at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel.

Following a mixer, delegates and guests were given a warm welcome by LPC Chair Ted Brown.

Alex Appleby, chair of the San Joaquin County LP, introduced featured speaker Steve Bacon, CEO of Rockstar Empire. Bacon moved the crowd with his very personal story of achieving success and control over his life despite an upbringing beset with economic and familial disadvantages. Only recently had Bacon and his wife discovered the Libertarian Party — somewhat accidentally — and they found that the LP platform jibes with their views, 90 percent of the time.

Bacon implored LP members to publicize ourselves better, to reach the myriad people who, like him, would embrace our mission of lifting the heavy burden of government taxation and overregulation off their shoulders, if they only knew of the Libertarian Party. We are, after all, the one party who would free every individual to pursue his or her own highest and best

Following Bacon’s speech, Brown invited three Libertarian gubernatorial candidates to introduce their campaigns to the attendees: journalist Zoltan Istvan, political activist and rap artist Nickolas Wildstar, and consumer finance and I.T. professional Robert Griffis.

The convention runs through Sunday, April 30.

Individuals who have been an LPC member for at least 90 days at any time in the past may be credentialed as delegates. Registration packages are still available for purchase at the door.

Richard Fields of Pacific Legal Foundation is the keynote speaker for the call to order on Saturday morning.





The Saturday night banquet, which will feature Patrick Byrne, CEO of, Chris Rufer, businessman and founder of the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity, and emcee Baron Bruno, realtor and 2016 Libertarian candidate for California state assembly.

In parallel to business is a speaker, workshop, and panelist track, featuring: Aaron Starr, former LPC chair and founder of Moving Oxnard Forward; LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra leading a “Who’s Driving?” workshop for handling media interviews; Charles Olson on “Who is Yertle?”; David
, SCU professor of law and author of The Machinery of Freedom; Dave Schrader on Marketing 101; Edward Hasbrouck on freedom of movement; founder Eric Garris; Janine DeRose, executive director of the LP of Sacramento County; Keith McHenry; Maggie McNeil, the “honest courtesan”; Matt Kibbe, president of Free the People; as well as elected Libertarian officials Jeff Hewitt, Mayor of Calimesa; Kent Fowler, Feather River Recreation & Park District director, and Susan Marie Weber, Palm Desert city councilmember.

Convention web page:
Convention agenda:
More about the speakers:


Delegate duty: Tips for a fun, productive convention experience

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

Many of you joined the Libertarian Party only after having been inspired by the 2016 Johnson–Weld presidential campaign, and have stayed because you feel right at home in this group who shares your values. Some of you have even been elected as your county’s chair! I can relate: when I first checked out the LP of Santa Clara County in person, I’d already been voting libertarian. But being right there, surrounded by like-minded individuals at our local eatery, got me fired up.

Santa Clara County was holding its annual election the week I finally found time to investigate in person. Being a fan of both Ayn Rand and Harry Browne, I’d already been voting Libertarian, so I felt right at home.

Like a kid in a candy store, I couldn’t help but get involved right away. I attended every local discussion group and central committee meetings; protested at the post office on April 15; and served as campaign manager for an all–out race for state assembly against a Democrat who had a war chest of a quarter-million bucks.

Participating in California and national LP conventions is a great joy—since joining, I haven’t missed a one. What a blast to surround oneself with people who reflect the rational, moral, and practical elements of one’s values. But the business of the convention and its pace can be confusing, so for first-time delegates to LPC’s convention this month, I’ve jotted down a few handy tips.


…go! Trust me: you will not be bored.

…throw a paperback copy of Robert’s Rules of Order in your purse, backpack, or laptop bag, so you can bone up on pertinent meeting protocol during the convention. This tool really does help large conventions run smoothly and stay on track.

…take plenty of business or calling cards for networking. You never know when you’ll meet a potential client or vendor — or an activist with complementary skills to yours, and an equal passion for the Libertarian plan you’ve been hatching.

…visit convention registration and delegate credentialing early.  Check in with credentialing if departing before the business session concludes for the day. This will ensure the accuracy of the delegate count, which can influence whether the business of the party can be effected quickly and smoothly — or at all.

…review LPC’s platform (, program, bylaws (, and of course, the convention rules — at least so that you know the difference. Proposals may be put forth affecting them at almost any time, so it helps to be familiar with them.

…visit hospitality suites! See what creative projects, decorating, discourse, costuming, and poetry your fellow innovators are up to.


…be afraid to ask questions about the proceedings. Also, the microphone is your friend; if you use it, the secretary will be your friend, too!

…be surprised if a passionate delegate asks to suspend the rules to take up whatever this year’s controversial issue is, or if a rousing debate ensues.

…watch what you say. Let loose, for a change! (Libertarians are ever so polite and diplomatic, always holding back how they really feel. So sad!)
…forget to explore the exhibit area, to learn what our nonpartisan allies in the liberty movement are doing to shrink big government and maximize individual freedom, and where you might develop coalitions around the hot issues in your region.

Most of all, enjoy yourself. Be proud of your part in the Libertarian community and all we’re working toward and fighting for. You’re in for a treat. •
Elizabeth C. Brierly is editor of the California Libertarian Activist and a life member of the Libertarian Party.

A version of this article was originally published in the Feb. 2006 issue of California Freedom.



Monthly meeting of the LP of
San Mateo County

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 – 9:00

WHERE: IHOP, 510 El Camino Real in

WHAT: Dinner and conversation
begins at 6:30 P.M., followed by an executive
committee meeting. Agenda:

• Welcome new members and visitors
• Future plans: 2018 elections, candidates
• Authorize expenditures
• Fill vacant offices

All friends of liberty are welcome
to participate in general discussions.

Harland Harrison at




California Libertarian candidates’ election results

The Libertarian Party of California thanks all of our candidates for their commitment to spreading the message of liberty, and in those victorious cases, for their commitment to the actual work of shrinking the size of government, once in the trenches of elective office. Both are challenging jobs, and these individuals deserve our gratitude and admiration.

Here are our Libertarian candidates’ vote counts for our two most recent election days.

April 4, 2017

U.S. House District 34 Angela McArdle



November 8, 2016

of the U.S.
Gary Johnson 478,500 3.4%
State Senate 33  Honor “Mimi”
31,868 21.2%
Assembly 1 
Donn Coenen  34,939 25.3%
Assembly 2 
Kenneth Anton  30,918 26.2%
Assembly 51
Mike Everling 11,739 13.6%
State Assembly 62  Baron Bruno 5,377 5.1%
City Council
Brian Thiemer  6,795 16.0%
Oxnard City
Aaron Starr  12,796 14.8%
Palm Desert
City Council
* Susan Marie Weber
6,504 21.1%
East Bay Regional Park
District, Ward 2 
John Roberts  3,469 5.4%
Hills Water District Board 
* Brian Holtz
Ramona School Board  John Rajcic  5,230 28.5%
Health Care District
Lois Garcia 13,469 15.2%
Sequoia Health Care District Harland
13,670 15.4%
Tehachapi-Cummings Water District * Jonathan Hall
7,126 65.0%
Vista Fire Protection District * Wallace

Read more about Angela McArdle, Brian
, Aaron Starr, and John Roberts elsewhere in this issue of the California Libertarian Activist.

Lois Garcia

Jonathan Hall*

Brian Holtz*
Lois Garcia headshot (color photo) Jonathan Hall at microphone (color photo) Harland Harrison headshot (color photo) Brian Holtz headshot (color photo)
Healthcare District
Tehachapi-Cummings Water District Sequoia
Healthcare District
Water District


Aaron Starr

Wallace Stewart*
Marie Weber*
Aaron Starr (color photo) Wallace Stewart headshot (color photo) Brian Thiemer color photo Susan Marie Weber (color headshot)
Oxnard City
Vista Fire
District Board
(San Diego County)
Fairfield City Council
Palm Desert
City Council


Honor Robson Donn Coenen Ken Anton Mike Everling Baron Bruno
Honor 'Mimi' Robson color photo Donn Coenen (color photo) Kenneth Anton headshot (color photo) Mike Everling (color photo) Baron Bruno (color photo)
State Senate,
District 33
State Assembly,
District 1
State Assembly, District State Assembly,
District 51 EverlingFor
State Assembly,
District 62 BrunoFor





committed to advocacy for east bay parks

John Roberts headshot (color photo)


Roberts, 2016 Libertarian candidate for East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2

Following election day and his 5.4 percent result in, John Roberts posted this message for supporters at his campaign web site:

I ran as a candidate for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) – Ward 2, on November 8, 2016.  The result means my future endeavors making our parks a better place will not take place while on the board, anytime in the next four years.  That said, I will continue to invest time and to advocate for outdoor recreation.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Thank you!

Campaign web site:




confident his Fairfield City Council campaign
sent message

Brian Thiemer color photo

Brian Thiemer

Following election day and his 16.0 percent result in
his race for Fairfield City Council, Brian
Thiemer posted this message for supporters
at his campaign web site:

Dear friends, family and fellow




The election results are in, and I placed
fourth for one of two seats. Although I was not
victorious, I do feel successful. Over 7,500
votes were cast for me, representing 16 percent
of the votes submitted. That sends a message
that there is a significant portion of the
population that desires maximum freedom and
minimum waste from their local government, and
is a force to be reckoned with in future

I am proud of the campaign I ran, and am
eternally grateful for the support that all of
you have provided in my quest to make Fairfield
a great place to live, work and prosper. I will
continue to fight for value and liberty in our
community now, and in the future.

For liberty,

Web site:




meeting of the LP of Placer County

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Whole Foods’ outdoor seating
area, 1001 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville

Join us as we enjoy food and beverages at a
market founded by a Libertarian, good
conversation. This month’s meeting tip: Ask how
many new young Libertarians we registered in our
spring semester voter outreach effort!

Meetings are held every two weeks. To receive
meeting notices, send e-mail to LP Placer County
chair Steven Wood at




files lawsuit against Oxnard, cites Prop. 218

Aaron Starr speaking during public comment at an Oxnard City Council meeting, as captured on public access cable (color image)

Aaron Starr speaking during public
comment at an Oxnard City Council
meeting in 2016

Starr, a former LPC chair, ran a tremendous
campaign in 2016 as a Libertarian candidate
for Oxnard City Council.  The
race was so close that on Nov. 30, the
Ventura County Star was still reporting on the vote count
in progress. Although he didn’t win his
council race, Starr presses on with his
concurrent campaign to overturn the city’s
sewer-utility rate increase. The following
update is excerpted from Starr’s April 7
letter to supporters.

We have
to follow the law … and so does Oxnard City



combing through thousands of city documents,
we uncovered an unlawful scheme that diverts
$7 million per year of your  money from the utilities into the City’s general
fund coffers.



funds are supposed to be used for operations
and maintenance — not to back-fill deficits in
the general fund due to poor management.



started off speaking discreetly with city
management, pointing out this problem to have
it corrected.



When that
failed to get traction, we brought up the
issue in a more public manner, backing up our
position with legal citations from court
cases. The City pushed back — insisting that
their scheme was perfectly legal.



We knew
better. We presented a legal opinion from the subject matter experts: the authors of
Proposition 218 at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers



It did
not sway them. City Hall was committed to
continuing their malfeasance.



It’s a rude awakening to
learn that your city is overcharging you
for utilities … and then diverting $7
million of your money each year for
other purposes … all in violation of
the law.

why I asked whether it was time to sue the
City of Oxnard to make them follow the law.



collective response was intense. The rage
expressed toward City Hall was justified.  



It’s a
rude awakening to learn that your city is
overcharging you for utilities … and then
diverting $7 million of your money each year
for other purposes … all in violation of the



they’re doing this while planning to raise
your utility rates … again.



Overwhelmingly, you told me that they should be held



So …
During Tuesday night’s city council meeting
[April 4] we served the City of Oxnard with a



We are
asking the court to order the City of Oxnard
to cease its ongoing violation of the law and
compel the return of in excess of $22 million
to the utility funds. They have actually
skimmed much more than that over the years,
but a three-year statute of limitations bars
us from recovering more. It appears the City
has been violating the law (and all of us) for
many years.



Fortunately, we are prepared. I hired a highly respected
boutique law firm in California — one that
specializes in defending ratepayers from local
governments that refuse to abide by Prop. 218.



For me,
this is more than a legal fight. It’s about
holding our government to no less of a
standard than we would of ourselves.



Aaron Starr will be a featured speaker at the
LPC convention on Sunday, April 30, at
3:30 P.M.






McArdle uses Tenth Amendment as campaign theme in U.S.
House race

Angela McArdle campaign headshot (color photo)

Angela McArdle, 2017 Libertarian
candidate for U.S. House, District

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

Libertarian Angela McArdle ran in a field of 24
nonincumbent candidates (20 Democrats, one
Republican, a Green, and an independent) in a
special election for U.S. Congress in
California’s 34th District, which includes
most of downtown Los Angeles. The so-called
primary election was held on April 4, and
the top two vote-getters, both Democrats, are
advancing to the run-off, this June 6.

Democrat Xavier Becerra, who
last held the seat, resigned on Jan. 24 to
become attorney general of California.

As an
active volunteer with two charities and as a
professional paralegal, McArdle was driven
to run for Congress because she’s “seen
firsthand how our government has harmed good
people while rewarding the bad.”

McArdle’s campaign platform,
with its explicit Tenth Amendment theme,
highlighted the power that states have,
against overreach by the federal government.
She had pledged, if elected, to slash the U.S.
military’s “war chest,” balance the federal
budget, eliminate needless bureaucracies,
promote free trade, fully legalize cannabis
and hemp, repeal the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act and
NDAA, and eliminate all laws criminalizing
drug use.

to the California
Libertarian Activist
on her short but
energetic campaign,
“I could
not have run this race without my campaign
team,” which included strategist Boomer
, strategist and
Michael Smith, web
developer Victoria Farrow, all based
locally, along with Colorado-based
graphic designer Eric Mulder
and, McArdle emphasized, “especially the [Marc
Allan] Feldman Foundation and their


However, the first-time candidate was surprised by
how little support she received from
the registered Libertarians in the district.
“The active libertarians in southern
California gave me lots of support through
volunteering, campaign contributions, and
general encouragement, but it seems very few
Libertarians went
to the polls,” she observed. “I think lots of
people check the Libertarian box on their
voter registration form, without actually
knowing what a libertarian is. So general
educating of voters and consistent branding of
that word are vital to our candidates’
plain-old vote totals.”

McArdle’s advice to other
candidates: “Listen to your constituents
about local issues, even if you are
running for federal office. I am now
being sought out by neighborhood
councils to help with a multitude of
local issues.”

When asked what she learned from her first
experience on the campaign trail, McArdle said
she would advise other California Libertarians
running for federal office to “listen to your
constituents about local issues, even if you
are running for federal office. I didn’t win
the election, or place very high (eighteenth
of the 24 candidates),” she acknowledged, “but
I am now being sought out by neighborhood
councils to help with a multitude of local
issues, and I’ve been asked to join my
neighborhood council. So I’d consider that a


Will she run again?

“Yes; actually, I plan to run for the same
office next time, with a stronger, highly
planned-out campaign, ” she said. “And the other
goals I had set for the 2017 campaign will be
even easier to achieve, the second time around.
Those being: earn media coverage for the LP, and
of course, do my very best to win the election.”

Campaign web site:

Plan your run for office


Inspired by these
California Libertarian candidates?
Get started now on your 2018 or 2020
campaign for elective office!

The combination of Libertarian races
being run from the presidential race all
the way down the ticket — in every
election, consistently — is what lays
the groundwork for Libertarian
principles to reach both voters and

To find out about running, either fill
out the form at,
or contact Ted Brown via e-mail at

If you’re not ready to serve as a
candidate, but would like to learn how
it’s done, step by step, volunteer for
an upcoming Libertarian campaign in your
area. Connect with them through your
local LP; see the county contact list in this issue.

Whatever role suits you best in our
battle for individual freedom, thank you
for being a part of the Libertarian


LP of Contra Costa joins public outreach committee

Sandra Kallander of Contra Costa LP at BART station in east bay area flyering for Johnson presidential 2016 campaign (color photo)

Contra Costa County LP
member Sandra Kallander promoting
Johnson for President in 2016 at an
east bay area BART station

by Kevin Moore




The Contra Costa
County LP was thrilled to have our best
results ever in the recent elections. We had
excellent turnout at events to promote
candidates at all levels: Gary Johnson for
president, and state and even local
candidates. We held outreach events at BART
stations, through neighborhood outreach, and
on election day at sites in the county.

This year, we’ve
improved our communication and outreach
methods, and will be participating in a public
outreach committee sponsored by the Contra
Costa County Election committee. We’ll also be
connecting with local organizations to gather
support for future candidates. We’re working
hard to prepare for the 2018 election season
and get the word out about the Libertarian


Kevin Moore is chair
of the LP of Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa
Libertarian monthly meet-up

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2016, 7:00
– 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Mimi’s Café: 1613
Willow Pass Road, in Concord


Meetings are normally held on the
first Thursday of each month.






meeting of the LP of Alameda County

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 7:15 to 9:00

WHERE: Englander Sports Pub and
Restaurant, 1010 Parrott Street, in San

DETAILS: Monthly meetings are on the
second Thursday of each month. The agenda
includes local party business (usually an hour
or less), monthly news and planning, and fun.

This month’s agenda includes three key items:

1. an extensive update to the LPAC Bylaws;
2. LPAC activities for 2017; and
3. the process for developing and approving

FOR INFO: Contact
Chair Jim Eyer, at
Please also check the web site for


The power of leverage

by Mark W.A. Hinkle

Did you ever stop and think, “Why did I join the
Libertarian Party?”

joined the LP back in the mid-seventies. I
was young and idealistic, and thought,
“Well, why not join the Libertarian Party? I
share their views. What else do I need to

Well, over the years, I’ve learned a bit about
alternative parties down through the history
of the United States. Aside from the
principles and idealism involved in joining
a third party, there were and are some sound
practical reasons as well.

One of the main reasons to join an alternative
political party is leverage.

the corporate world, if you want to change
the vision, the culture, or the direction of
a large organization, you’ll spend years
climbing the corporate ladder, then, after a
lot of work and with some luck, you might
find yourself in a position to lead the
company in a new direction, or create a
different corporate culture, etc.

Or, you could use leverage from the outside to
accomplish the same objective, by creating a
competing organization offering a new
vision, a new culture, or a new direction.
Then, competition in the marketplace will
make the existing organization change its
tune or it will lose market share and
perhaps even go out of business. (Unless
bailed out by congress or the president.)

The same is true in the political world.
Changing the Republican Party or the
Democratic Party from within has got to be
an overwhelming task. So overwhelming that
the only change that has occurred there is
to make them less flexible than ever before.

Both the Republicans and Democrats are losing
voters by the hundreds of thousands. Does
that give them pause? Do they think they
need to change? No: they are too
bureaucratic and too entrenched to change
from within. In case you haven’t noticed,
Libertarian Party registrations have been

Only outside competition
from a third party will compel the
Republicans and Democrats to change.

Only outside competition, from — you guessed it —
a third party, will compel them to change.
When they lose an election, then and only
then, do they reflect on what went wrong,
and how they could be successful the next

For more than 20 years, I have been addressing
high school seniors in their civics class. I
often ask them if they’ve heard of the Free
Soil Party? Most have not.

That alternative party’s slogan was, “Free Soil,
Free Speech, Free Labor, and Free Men.”


This party was a huge influence on two key
issues of the day with their anti-slavery
and pro-homesteading. They elected only 14
members to the U.S. house and only two U.S.
senators. Yet their two key issues were
adopted in 1854 — by the newly formed
Republican Party. Everyone knows about the
slavery issue, but few know that the Free
Soil Party was instrumental in the eventual
passage of the Homestead Act. So, everyone
west of the Mississippi now lives in the
United States, thanks to a political party
that most people have never even heard of.

That’s leverage!

organizations, political or not, have no
incentive to change, unless outside forces
come into play.

Libertarian Party is that force.

there is to be “Less Government, More
Freedom,” it won’t come from the R’s and

economic prosperity is to return, it won’t
come from the R’s and D’s.

the United States is to be a bastion of
peace and freedom for the world, it won’t
come from the R’s and D’s.

our government is going to respect our
individual rights to work as we please,
eat what we please, and travel where we
please, it won’t come from the R’s and

the Libertarian Party can and does provide
the leverage to move the R’s and D’s
towards freedom.


Mark Hinkle headshot (black & white photo)

Mark W.A. Hinkle

December, we celebrated 45 years since
our founding. Let us remember not only
our principles that guide us, but also
let us remember that only alternative
parties bring about real change in
politics. •

Mark W.A. Hinkle is vice chair of the LP of
Santa Clara County, a former LPC
chair, and a small business owner. He
also served as LNC chair from 2010 to

A version of this
article was originally published in
the Dec. 2011 issue of
LP News.


Plumas County LP goes old school, with coverage in
local paper

Clipping from Feather River Bulletin announcing Oct 12 meeting of Plumas LP, with photo of Assembly candidate Donn Coenen (scan of newsprint clipping)

Plumas County LP meeting
announcement, including photo of
Assembly candidate
Donn Coenen, appeared in the Oct. 5
issue of the
Feather River
, under the heading,
“Meetings of Note.”

Everyone knows the newspaper industry ain’t
what it used to be, but many folks still swear
by their ritual of the morning paper with their

Shamelessly exploiting this fact, Gary
, chair of the Plumas County LP,
makes sure to submit event announcements and
letters to the editor, to promote the LP.

During election season, he promoted our state
assembly candidate, Donn Coenen, simply
by submitting in advance a notice that Coenen
would be appearing at the recurring county
meeting, along with a photograph of Coenen.

While the usual advice for letters to the
editor is to keep them to one concise point —
especially with big-city newspapers — a breezy,
more varied letter that Bryant submitted last
fall was published with virtually no edits,
managing to serve several purposes.  He
managed to promote LP candidates, the couny LP’s
outreach to the community, the Nolan chart (the
World’s Smallest Political Quiz), and the first
amendment, as well as roundly refuting the
wasted vote argument. When the letter appeared
in print, its headline was, “Vote your

An excerpt of Bryant’s letter appears, below. •


Buttons with political slogans and sayings spread out on table (color photo)

Excerpted from the Feather River Bulletin (and affiliated
papers), Sept. 28, 2016 issue:


Like to thank all who came by
our booth at Plumas [County] Fair.
It never ceases to amaze me that if
folks would vote their conscience,
we would win. A total of 36 took the
World’s Smallest Political Quiz
[with these] results:

    1. Libertarian: 21
    2. Centrist: 9
    3. Liberal:
    4. Conservative:

Thanks to
all who came by to visit, took the
quiz, and argued, and for the
support, appreciation. I’d also like
to thank the person who mentioned us
in the paper even though it was
unflattering (first amendment
right). I
to have our booth next to the State
of Jefferson (SOJ) booth. Was trying
to reach out to all in that booth as
well as the folks who came by. Our
location was awesome and hope to
have it again. Candidate for State
Assembly Donn Coenen and I have
concerns about SOJ which we have
very little influence. We don’t want
to have any type of conservative
tyranny on our civil liberties.

Soros, Warren Buffet, celebs, and
all other groups have been funding
mainly Demo-

crats and Republicans.
David Koch (Koch Brothers) was

1980 VP candidate (Ed Clark for president). Funded
lots of $$$, which did help, but got
us only 921,128 votes (1 percent).

Gary Johnson broke that record in
2012.  David Koch is a
classical liberal (Libertarian), not
an ultra-conservative. Yes: he left

Libertarian Party in ’84 due to
issue on taxes. He became and has
supported R’s, but also supported D’s like
Chuck Schumer to a lesser amount.
Google “Koch Brothers supporting
D’s.” Hope this helps to clear up
any misunderstanding.

we are not State of Jefferson,
Hillary Clinton will win California.
Why not vote your conscience by
voting for Gary Johnson for
President and Donn Coenen for State
Assembly? Make your vote count! I’m
living proof. In 2010, I ran for
state assembly against incumbent Dan
Logue. Got over 9 percent. Highest
percentage vs. an R and D that year.

next meeting is on Wednesday, Oct.
12, 6 P.M. at Neighbors Bar-B-Que,
Cromberg. For info call

Bryant, Chair
Plumas Libertarians


San Diego Libertarian Party
welcomes all

Committee Meeting

WHEN: Second Thursday of every month,
7:00 &Ndash; 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: For venue, please contact Jerry
Dixon, Executive Chair: Phone (830) 530-1776;
or click on the Events link at our Facebook

Supper Club

WHEN: Fourth Wednesday of every month,
6:30 P.M.

WHERE: Giovanni’s Restaurant, 9353
Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in San Diego

DETAILS: We have guest speakers, video
presentations, debates, and sometimes, we just

FOR INFO: Contact Jerry Dixon,
Executive Chair: Phone (830) 530-1776; e-mail
or visit

LP logo - grey torch with yellow flame - flame is stylized bald eagle - grey text 'LP Action' in modern script


Fundraising 101

by Wes Benedict













Tremendous resources are available to
activists, candidates, and campaign volunteers
at the LP of California, as an affiliate of
the Libertarian National Committee. Many of
the tools are easily accessible at the web
site, managed by Andy
Burns, the LNC’s state affiliate development

In this issue, we feature LNC
Executive Director Wes Benedict’s guide to

funds, arguably the fuel that powers the
engine of the LP as the political wing of
the liberty movement.





A Beginner’s
Guide to Fundraising

    • Most
      important is to get something done. Keep
      it simple. Don’t worry about being


    • Try to
      raise funds for a specific project, but
      “just please donate” also works.


    • Know your
      state regulations, such as the
      contribution limit, and what information
      you may have to report (name, address,
      date, amount, occupation, employer).


  • Makesure your treasurer is prepared for the
    workload of processing contributions.
  Wes Benedict speaking and gesturing, wearing suit tie glasses (color photo)

Wes Benedict, executive director
of the national Libertarian Party

Five ways to
raise funds

1. E-mail and web site

    • As a state
      or local party, send e-mail 4 to 12
      times per year, focused specifically on
      fundraising (not just part of a


    • For
      candidates, send e-mail as often as you
      can, but especially when candidate
      announces, when you have news that will
      inspire donations, and as often as
      possible during the last two months
      before election day (when people donate
      the most).


    • Accept
      credit cards by PayPal, Piryx,
      Click&Pledge or any service. Don’t
      stress over the fees.


  • Post a donation form that people can print
    out and mail or fax in.

2. Direct-mail fundraising

    • For
      affiliates, send 2 to 6 fundraising
      letters per year specifically for
      fundraising (not just part of a


    • For
      candidates, as often as you can afford
      and as will yield a net profit.


    • Include a
      reply form and self-addressed return


    • Keep it simple. Get it
      done. Print it at home and use First
      Class stamps until you’re an expert.


  • Special tip: Mail to
    people who have donated to the
    national or state party within the
    last 12 months.Otherwise you will
    probably lose money on the mailing.

3. Events

    • Events are
      an expensive, labor-intensive way to
      fundraise. For affiliates, don’t
      organize an event just for fundraising.
      But if you’re having an event anyway, go
      ahead and raise funds at the event.


    • For
      candidates, events are more likely to
      yield results if well organized, well
      promoted, and well executed.


    • When a
      candidate is a featured speaker at
      another organization’s event where the
      leadership strongly supports the
      candidate’s campaign, fundraising may be
      possible. Ask leaders if they will make
      an appeal to their members to donate. It
      may also be appropriate for the
      candidate to ask for donations and
      volunteers during his/her presentation.


    • Have a
      donation form, pen, and envelope for
      every person there.


  • At
    some point, formally ask the entire
    group to fill out the form and donate.

4. On the phone

    • Call people
      and ask them to donate, preferably by
      credit card over the phone.


  • It’s okay if your sales pitch is very short.

5. One-on-one meetings in

    • This is how
      you raise large donations from your best


    • Getting
      someone to meet with you is the hardest
      part. If you get a meeting, it might
      last 30 minutes, and about 15 minutes
      into it, you’ve already explained what
      you’re raising funds for, and you have
      asked for a donation.


  • How many
    thousands should you ask for? Depends on
    your project and the donor’s ability.


  • Copy what other organizations or state or
    county Libertarian Party affiliates are
    doing, who are successfully raising money.
    Before acting on someone’s advice, find out
    how much they are actually raising per year.
  • Monthly-pledge programs are a great way to
    bring in a predictable flow of funds. Many
    on-line services will provide monthly-pledge
    credit-card processing.
  • E-mails and letters should be from one
    person to one other person, e.g.,
    “Dear John, I would like you to help me by
    donating to the Libertarian Party.” Notes
    from the chair are probably best. (Don’t
    stress out about mail-merging, if that’s
    difficult. It’s OK to say “Dear
  • You can find a fundraising package
    template in your word processor, including a
    letter, response form, carrier envelope, and
    return envelope. Use our sample letters to
    quickly put together a fundraising package:
  • Bruce Eberle, chairman of the direct-mail fundraising firm Eberle Associates, says that one of the most common flaws in direct mail is overuse of graphics. I say, put a logo on the envelope and on page 1 of the letter, if it’s convenient for you. Otherwise, no graphics at all!
  • You’re not a beggar—you’re a hero! Jerold Panas, author of Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure a Gift, writes: “Congratulations. You’re among the greatest and the most privileged. You’re about to undertake what George Bernard Shaw called, ‘The joy of being used for a purpose recognized by all as a mighty one.’ … Your task is vital because without your help your organization couldn’t exist.” People like to donate. They know you’re not perfect. They appreciate your effort. Give them the joy of helping you! (I highly recommend that book for one-one-one in-person fundraising.)
  • Be honest and careful with predictions. One of the reasons I’ve raised money successfully, year after year, is that I’m optimistic, yet honest and realistic. I’m in this for the long haul, and I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep. The LP has been around for 45 years. Our best donors have been around for many years; they are sophisticated, and they know what’s what.
  • Fundraising letters are newsletters, too! I learned from Richard Viguerie, a direct-mail guru, that fundraising letters aren’t just for raising money. They are also newsletters, advertising, and much more. Even if a recipient doesn’t donate, and even if your letter just breaks even, that letter still benefits the party in many ways.
  • Premiums such as T-shirts, books, and coffee mugs help boost revenue, but don’t make them your primary focus for raising funds. Shipping costs and unsold items cut into profits. Also, consider the labor to manage the materials, and space to store them.•

Wes Benedict is the executive director of the
national Libertarian Party, author of
Introduction to the Libertarian Party: For Democrats,
Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and
Everyone Else, and former executive director
of LP Texas.

Web site:

Libertarian Party
of Santa Clara County announcements

Outreach at Berryessa Art
& Wine Festival on May 13

Berryessa 2017 40th anniversary Art & Wine Festival promo poster (color image)

The LP of SCC is planning an outreach booth at this year’s 40th annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival in San Jose.

The festival is presented by the Berryessa Business Association and the Bay Area Community Development Services. With art, beer, wine, food, and entertainment, this should be a fine opportunity for us to share Libertarian solutions with hundreds of San Jose residents while they’re at their most…relaxed!

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10
A.M. to 5 P.M.

WHERE: Berryessa Community Center and Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Road, in San Jose

PARTICIPATE: To volunteer at the LPSCC booth, contact Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm at 408-940-5717 or via e-mail, at

FUTURE EVENTS: With the warmer weather, comes the chance for
outreach booths at many
other events like this
one.  If you know of events in your area where we could
have a booth, e-mail Activities Committee
Chair Kennita Watson, at



Libertarian Youth Caucus teams with LP for outreach to JSA
students in S.F. Bay area

Spencer Lindquist of YLC helps student at JSA political fair with Political Quiz (color photo)

Spencer Lindquist (at left), a YLC rep and high school junior, introduces JSA members to Libertarian principles; April 22

LP activists from at least three counties collaborated again at the semiannual Junior State of America convention in Santa Clara on April 22.

The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

Twice a year, Monterey County LP chair Lawrence Samuels spearheads a trek to Santa Clara, where they are joined by activists from other LP affiliates in the bay area, to meet JSA members — high school students learning and practicing every aspect of political process.  At the political fair segment of the convention, they can meet representatives from several political parties and learn what distinguishes the LP from the dominant and alternative parties. They come away with party literature, books, and buttons emblazoned with avant-garde liberty messages.

Aubrey Freedman helps student at JSA with Political Quiz (color photo)

Aubrey Freedman, chair of the LP
of San Francisco, helps tally a
JSA student’s World’s Smallest
Political Quiz on April 22

We have been doing the
political fair for at least 15 years,” said
Samuels, “and it’s gratifying to continually
see new volunteers turn out for the even.
One of our new volunteers this year was
Anirban ‘Ani’ Das, a member of the Santa
Clara LP, who is
originally from India and has a Ph.D. in
physics. He seemed
overjoyed to be
there talking with students about

Joe Dehn, chair of LP of
Santa Clara County, was also pleased with
the effort. “I thought the LP booth at the
political fair went pretty well.  The
LP’s presence was enhanced this time by the
participation of two local organizers for
the Libertarian Youth Caucus (LYC),
who had a chance to
explain the LP to people from their own age


John Inks helping visitors at JSA with World's Smallest Political Quiz (color photo)

Former elected Libertarian John
Inks (center) explains the
Self-Government chart to two JSA
political fair attendees; at right
is new LPSCC volunteer Anirban
“Ani” Das.

The LYC team was
Olivia Clark and Spencer Lindquist
. They had procured a
table adjacent to that of the LP, creating a
new synergy.


Former Mountain View City Councilman John Inks, a rare, termed-out Libertarian elected official, had some newfound free time so he volunteered at the event. Inks remarked that “it was inspiring to see the local Libertarian Youth Caucus high school students with their own table at the JSA convention.”

Dehn expressed his gratitude to the volunteers: “Thanks to Lawrence Samuels for organizing our attendance, the members from several Bay Area counties who volunteered to help, and the LYC organizers for their ongoing efforts to bring the LP’s message to young people in our area!”

After packing up the booth, about eight of the volunteers continued the discussion over dinner at Pizza California in San Jose, owned by a libertarian.
MORE INFO: To participate at the LP booth at the semiannual JSA political fairs, contact Lawrence Samuels via e-mail at •





Party mixer in El Dorado County

We are hosting a mixer with free pizza, for anyone who is interested in learning about the Libertarian Party. We will be discussing the local county issues and platform.

Tyler Kuskie, chairman of the El Dorado County Libertarian Party Timothy Morgan, CEO of Giver Marketing

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE:  3941 Park Drive, #100, in El Dorado Hills

MORE INFO: Check the web site at,
or contact county chair Tyler Kuskie via e-mail at



connected with the LP in your area

Alameda Jim Eyer
Contra Costa Kevin Moore
El Dorado Tyler Kuskie
Fresno Paula Barefoot
Humboldt Tammy Newcomb PrivacyLawAdvocate
Kern Jonathan Hall
Kings Kenneth Brent
Los Angeles José Castañeda
Marin *
Mendocino Ken Anton
Monterey James King TheJamesKing@
Nevada Donn Coenen DRCoenenNCLP@
Orange Brian Kelly *
Placer Steven Wood
Plumas Gary Bryant GBryantNCLP@
Riverside Jeff Hewitt
Sacramento Jarrett Tilford
San Bernardino Boomer Shannon
San Diego Jerry Dixon www.FaceBook
San Francisco Aubrey Freedman
San Joaquin Alex Appleby IAmAlexAppleby
San Luis Obispo Gail Lightfoot
San Mateo Harland
Santa Clara Joe Dehn
Solano Brian Thiemer
Ventura Charles “Chuck”
Yolo Stephen

* If your county, or county’s
representative, is not listed above, contact
your regional vice chair:

    Jonathan Jaech,
Southern Vice Chair:
    Brian Thiemer,
Northern Vice Chair:

LP of Sacramento County

LP Sacramento Quarterly Business Meeting & Officer Elections

This year is flying by, and there is so much positive activity here in Sacramento after the Libertarian Party received so much attention during the presidential election. We are growing faster and building stronger, and we’d love to find new ways to engage our community. Please join in and help us create even more growth and activity this year! This year, we are forming a platform committee. If you are interested in participating, this is the meeting to attend.

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

WHERE: Bank of the West building, 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2050, board room, in Sacramento
Parking: Street parking may be available. You may also park in the 500 Capitol Mall (Bank of the West) parking garage (entrance off N Street), and we will provide validation.


JOIN: If you aren’t already a member of LP Sacramento, please join at


Sacramento Libertarian Supper Club

This July, Lawrence Samuels, author of In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics, and Human Action, and chairman of the Monterey County LP, will share the story of his extensive research into the political spectrum–and the revisionist history he encountered along the way. His findings led him to write his next book, The Phony Left–Right Dichotomy.

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 5:30 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Blue Prynt Restaurant & Bar, 815 11th Street, in Sacramento

For more info and to R.S.V.P.: E-mail
Barbara Engelhardt at

Join us for a fun evening of socializing and
learning. Invite your friends…see you there!

LP of Sacramento logo - wording LPSAC (graphic image)


Gatherings of Los Angeles
County LP affiliates


South Bay Libertarians
monthly dinner/meeting (Region 66)

WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 6:30 P.M.

WHERE: Raffaello Ristorante, 400 South
Pacific Avenue, in San Pedro

FOR INFO: Check the web site at

Central L.A. mixer/meeting (Region 64)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: Gill’s Indian Restaurant, 838 South Grand Ave, in downtown L.A.

FOR INFO: Check the Meetup page at

Southeast Libertarian mixer/supper club

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: Mimi’s Café, 8455 Firestone
Blvd., in Downey

FOR INFO: Check the Meetup page at


San Francisco LP sponsors panel discussion on
sanctuary cities

LPSF LOGO color (photo)

by Aubrey Freedman

The LP of San Francisco is planning its
annual political panel discussion (originally
conceived and run for several years as an
income-tax-day symposium).

This event is always open to the public, and
this year the topic will be the controversial
choice of some cities to flout federal
immigration policies and declare themselves
“sanctuary cities.”

While this discussion is not styled as a debate, there will be lively speakers on both the pro and con sides of this timely issue.  It’s sure to be a provocative event, and will provide activists the opportunity for outreach to those in the community who otherwise wouldn’t attend a Libertarian Party event.

Request to be added to the notification list by e-mailing LPSF chair Aubrey Freedman at

Aubrey Freedman is the chair of the LP of
San Francisco.

LP of San Francisco central
committee meeting

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13 at 3:00 –
5:00 P.M.

WHERE: San Francisco Public Library,
fourth floor

or contact LPSF chair Aubrey Freedman at


Join us.

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Party of California as a dues-paying member!

and follow the instructions to join (or
or print out the form, below, and mail it to
us at
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Yes: I’d like to volunteer!


Yes: I’ll chip in to help your efforts!
I’m not ready to be a card-carrying
member, but I like what your elected officials
and candidates are doing to increase my
freedom and lower my taxes.


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Officers:  Ted Brown (Chair), Brian Thiemer (N. Vice Chair), Jonathan Jaech (S. Vice Chair), Honor “Mimi” Robson (Secretary), Gale Morgan (Treasurer)

At-large reps:  Alex Appleby, Dave Bowers, Baron Bruno, Bill Hajdu, Jeff Hewitt, Wendy Hewitt, Boomer Shannon, Eric Vaughnes, Susan Marie Weber, Jason Wu

Alternate at-large reps: 
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