Contacting Sponsors Works: Third Sponsor Pulls Out of Commission on Presidential Debates!
IPR, from Crystal Gross on Facebook:
This is getting serious.
It was only a week ago that the Commission on Presidential Debates had ten sponsors for the 2012 debates.
Today, they’re down to seven. Phillips Electronics has, as of this morning, pulled their sponsorship.
Under the Commission’s guidelines for debate inclusion, other than the non-objective polling criterion, two additional candidates would qualify: Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green), the only candidates not invited to the CPD debates who are on enough ballots to win the Presidency and are Constitutionally qualified for the office.
Some unverified contact information for the remaining debate sponsors is in the IPR comment thread.
Jesse Ventura also has a video out calling on supporters to call the Commission on Presidential Debates. A similar video, perhaps also aimed at the sponsors, may be a good idea for Green-friendly celebrities such as Ralph Nader and Amy Goodman.
Gary Johnson is suing the CPD, Democrats and Republicans on the grounds that the CPD violates antitrust laws. Are any Green attorneys interested in participating in such lawsuits or filing their own?
Art DiBianca has a complaint with the IRS challenging the CPD’s 501c3 tax exempt status, something else that Greens may want to file.
And, some IPR commenters have suggested that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson may want to reprise the protest that David Cobb and Michael Badnarik staged against the CPD in 2004 – this time with youtube!