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With the help of concerned individuals like yourself, FairDebates.com which is a DBA of Our America Initiative although not a plaintiff, is proud to help finance the lawsuits and advocacy activities to change the Presidential debates through its fundraising efforts and to support the plaintiffs and their lawyers in other ways.
FairDebates is a DBA of Our America Initiative which is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee that may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors. Contributions and gifts to FairDebates are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. FairDebates, although not a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates, is proud to help finance the lawsuit through its fundraising efforts and to support the plaintiffs and their lawyers in other ways.
Our goal is to change the Presidential debates to allow qualified candidates who achieve ballot access in enough states to win the Electoral College to be allowed to participate in the Presidential debates. In 2012 that would have been 4 candidates. Besides the Democrat and Republican, the Libertarian and the Green party candidates also qualified. The plan to change the Presidential debates has several different steps. By applying pressure from different directions our chance of success will increase.
Although the Green and Libertarian parties offer very different solutions to America's concerns and problems, they have joined together in this fight to be heard in the Presidential debates. An important American value is our right to hold free and open elections. Allowing an organization like the private Commission on Presidential Debates to hinder that right......is just wrong. It is time to broaden the discussion in Presidential politics and allow for new ideas and solutions to be discussed. Opening the Presidential debates to third parties and independent candidates will change America.
A lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was filed on June 22, 2015. The Plaintiffs included the Libertarian and Green parties. The purpose of this complaint is to challenge the FEC treatment of the Commission on Presidential debates (CPD) as non-partisan, citing the CPD's use of polling criteria to effectively limit participation to only the Republican and Democratic candidates.* Lawyer for this case is NY attorney Alexandra A.E. Shapiro.
*It is nearly impossible for any candidate who isn't Democratic or Republican to reach the 15% polling threshold without the media exposure given to the “major” party candidates -- and without being allowed to participate in the debates.
A lawsuit filed in Washington D.C. in September of 2015 against the Commission on Presidential Debates alleging violations of anti-trust laws. This lawsuit will seek to prevent the actions of the CPD in not allowing other third party and independent candidates to participate in Presidential debates. Plaintiffs in this case include Gov. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and their 2012 Vice President candidates as well as the Green and Libertarian parties. This lawsuit will allow for discovery in which it is hoped to reveal the secret dealings and contractual arrangements of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Republican and Democrat parties. Attorney for this case is the noted Washington D.C., lawyer Bruce Fein.
An FCC complaint to be filed in October of 2015. This complaint challenges the fairness of allowing only the Republican and Democratic candidates the opportunity to participate in the Presidential debates and thereby providing them with television time that is not offered to other ballot qualified candidates for President.
A national public relations campaign directed at educating the media and the electorate of the actions of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the need for change. Activities will include: rallies, protests, internet and social media discussions and advertising.