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New "AlternativePAC" to Launch Supporting Johnson/Weld from Grassroots Free-Market Advocate Matt Kibbe

"We will offer an attractive alternate to the two flavors of authoritarianism, cronyism, and all-war-all-the-time foreign policies of the other two candidates," Kibbe says.

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Matt Kibbe, a longtime grassroots activist in the small government field as chieftain of FreedomWorks from 2004-15 and more recently a Rand Paul supporter via the SuperPAC Concerned American Voters, will be launching a new SuperPAC to promote the Libertarian Party candidacy of Gary Johnson and William Weld, to be called "AlternativePAC."

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"I have been talking to donors for several weeks as the reality of a Trump vs. Clinton ticket really sunk in. There is real interest in the Libertarian ticket, and Gary Johnson has an historic opportunity," Kibbe said in an exclusive email this morning. 

"So I am launching a new SuperPAC to help raise awareness, drive messages, and change the conversation on social media. I think I can raise significant funds for this," he wrote. In a later phone interview, he was not able to name specific donors who might give big money to the PAC. 

"The potential is bigger, I think, than just a 'libertarian moment,'" Kibbe wrote in the email. "Done well, we can trigger a political realignment that's been brewing for a long time. We will offer an attractive alternate to the two flavors of authoritarianism, cronyism, and all-war-all-the-time foreign policies of the other two candidates. For the first time, millions of voters will Google the word 'libertarian' in their quest to find a better political choice."

While Kibbe did not this morning lay out his specific tactics, he wrote that "the power of the two-party duopoly is waning, and insurgent candidates with different ideas now have a seat at the table. Our PAC will use data, technology, narrative and cutting edge social media to target disaffected constitutional conservatives, independents, and Bernie progressives looking for something different, something hopeful, with a message of personal liberty, economic opportunity, and justice for all."

On abortion, though Johnson is verbally pro-choice, his record is more nuanced and might not be a total deal killer to social conservatives. Johnson signed a partial birth abortion ban as governor of New Mexico and said in a May 2011 Republican Party presidential debate in South Carolina that "I've always favored parental notification, I've always favored counseling and I've always favored the notion that public funds should not be used for abortion."

Even rock-ribbed social conservative Republicans, Kibbe anticipates, can look at the Libertarians and understand the difference between "personal opinions and the role of the federal government."

Kibbe said in our phone interview that he's not just reaching to the right. There is also a growing opportunity with "Bernie Sanders supporters upset with their likely nominee Hillary Clinton, who is essentially a neocon crony capitalist."  

Similarly, Kibbe said in our interview, he hopes Republicans can respect the "only ticket that has Republican governors who have actually governed, balanced budgers, reined in regulatory abuses in very blue states" for years, which he says have traditionally been seen as "key to political success. Even the Bill Kristols of the world should ultimately have to say, of these three choices" Johnson/Weld is the best.

Given Johnson's framing of himself most recently as a "skeptic" about intervention, not a non-interventionist, and willingness to condemn the Iran nuclear deal, Kibbe feels that the Ted Cruz end of disenchanted Republicans might be able to get over even their usual discomfort with Libertarian foreign policy for a candidate who Kibbe thinks is unique in respect for the Constitution.

Does Kibbe think things like "dancing stripping L.P. national chair candidate" James Weeks II will just make too much big money run from the brand? "I don't think it matters that much," Kibbe says. "I will be at the Democratic and Republican conventions as well, and I guarantee you there will be weird, exotic people there as well."

Concerned American Voters will continue as a Rand Paul-oriented PAC focused on his Senate race. 

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  1. GayJay donors?

    Go ahead, throw your money away.

    1. GJ is so insignificant that you feel the need to race into every thread about him to make that point

      1. SIV is really just Trump in disguise.

        1. Hmmm. interesting theory. The content of his comments gives great evidence to that theory, but his relatively coherent sentence structure and absence of mention of mexicans does not.

  2. “The potential is bigger, I think, than just a ‘libertarian moment,'”

    (musclebound jock points at skinny weakling wearing “Libertarian Moment” t-shirt. kicks sand in his face, takes his woman)

  3. Our PAC will use data, technology, narrative and cutting edge social media

    Oooh, “data” AND “technology”? Get out of town.

    1. translation – a couple of kids on Facebook and twitter.

  4. I hate to say it but most people like authoritarianism, cronyism, and all-war-all-the-time. So long as it conforms to their idea of what these things should be they’re fine with it.

    1. Yes. The part they REALLY don’t like about the “Crony Capitalist” formulation is actually the “capitalist” part.

      They either don’t know what Crony means or they think its obviously some sexist reference to the fact that she’s an old woman.

  5. an historic

    This bugs me probably more than it should.

    Makes me want to go ride an horse.

    1. Or buy an house.

  6. While Kibbe did not this morning lay out his specific tactics,…

    How do you start a sentence like that without feeling like an asshole?

    1. But I’m an asshole and I’m drunk, so there you have it. BTW I asked a 250lb American girl to finger the asshole of a 120lb Japanese guy tonight. And she did it. And he liked it. And now I’m going to bed.

      1. BTW I asked a 250lb American girl to finger the asshole of a 120lb Japanese guy tonight. And she did it. And he liked it.

        Still doesn’t count as his ~8% gay-experience, sorry. Unless she identified as a linebacker.

  7. I have quite a bit of respect for Kibbe. I hope he’s right. This should be a banner year for Libertarian party votes. And Johnson wouldn’t really have to compromise much on principle to achieve that. The problem, as I see it, is that all of his compromise on principle is going the wrong way. Given the extent they’ve lost the culture wars, the logical position for social conservatives to retreat to would be a libertarian one. Instead, they’re faced with Johnson telling him he’s going to make them bake gay wedding cakes. Wide swaths of the GOP are at odds with their current nominee. So much so that their last presidential candidate is campaigning against him. Johnson responds that he’s not terribly interested in their votes, that he think’s Trump has been good for the GOP.

    I’ll vote for the guy. I may even give him some money. But, this time around, he’d better be able to break 3%. Otherwise, I’d say it’s time to seriously reconsider running him perenially.

  8. Pro-choice might not be a total dealbreaker for SoCons? Have you ever actually spoken with any of those people? They’re all abortion all the time. Hell, I don’t even like abortion but I find their singleminded obsession with the topic to be ridiculous.

    I can pinpoint the exact moment that I thought the Tea Party was passe – when the usual suspects turned the Tea Party rallies in Richmond from protests for fiscal responsibility into a lot of yelling about abortion.

    1. Yeah, but look who he’s running against. Allowing abortions, but not funding them on the taxpayer dime and expecting minors to let their parents know about it probably comes as close to pro-life of any of the candidates.

      1. They’re just going to stay home then, or vote for someone like Chuck Baldwin or Virgil Goode. Most SoCon types won’t consider voting for someone even for simply not being enthusiastic enough about trying to ban abortion. I remember reading a lot of comments in that vein about one of the early Rep wannabes….Scott Walker maybe?

    2. Yup. Once the Tea Party people started trotting out Dick Armey and Glenn Beck’s Moral Majority, you knew the days of fiscal responsibility were over.

  9. This is cool. But I’m still waiting for a new poll to get a feel for what’s going on.

  10. RE: New “AlternativePAC” to Launch Supporting Johnson/Weld from Grassroots Free-Market Advocate Matt Kibbe

    “I have been talking to donors for several weeks as the reality of a Trump vs. Clinton ticket really sunk in. There is real interest in the Libertarian ticket, and Gary Johnson has an historic opportunity,” Kibbe said in an exclusive email this morning.

    The disappointing point is there are too many closet fascists voting for Trump the Grump and too many openly socialist slavers who are more than willing to vote for Heil Hitlery or Comrade Bernie.
    It seems somewhere in our history that taking other people’s property and giving it to others became an acceptable tenet.
    I do not see our beloved country improving economically, socially much less politically not only in the next few years, but in the next few decades.
    At the moment, there are just too few of us knowledgeable and informed Libertarians to help the low information voters to see the error of their ways.
    Nevertheless, I will still vote for any LP candidate.

  11. Sounds like some pretty serious busienss.

    http://www.Complete-Privacy.tk

  12. “William Weld Says He Sees Nothing ‘Criminal’ in Hillary Clinton’s Email Use”

    OK, good job Gary Johnson. Your running mate who is supposed to attract voters just lost one.

  13. “William Weld Says He Sees Nothing ‘Criminal’ in Hillary Clinton’s Email Use”

    OK, good job Gary Johnson. Your running mate who is supposed to attract voters just lost one.

  14. Maybe someone should explain free markets to Johnson

  15. The only way a LP candidate will have a chance is for someone to spend 2x the advertising budget of the GOP and DNC to counter the campaign of near silence by the media when it comes to informing the public that there are any other choices.

    They’ll also have to counter the media’s continual pushing of the “two party system” big lie. In other words, someone with f#$k you money.

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