Monday, August 22, 2011

Off and Running

There are now 196 who have filed a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to register as a 2012 presidential candidate. The candidates must have either:

  • received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000; or
  • given consent to another person to receive contributions or make expenditures on behalf of him or herself and that person has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000 (11 CFR 100.3(a)).

  • President Obama is facing Democratic primary challenges from over 25 candidates who have filed with the FEC. I couldn't find websites for all of the candidates, but here are links to some of those who did have them:

    Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who told ABC news "I want to pummel Obama. I despise this presidency. He is the arch child killer of the Western Hemisphere, so I'm going to go head-to-head with him."

    Harry Braun is advocating direct democracy that circumvents congress, and switching to a solar-hydrogen based economy.

    Blogger Tiffany Briscoe understanding that "a left-wing economy is a theory of the past, similar to Mercantilism and Socialism."

    Leah Lax who would end Obamacare, the IRS, big government, and the "open door policy" of immigration.

    Willie Carter, a Texan who would take "the God fearing approach" and, along with a strong military and restoring virtue to government, would also add "firm reliance upon Divine Protection."

    Jeff Boss, whose website has the banner:


    Mike Moloney, has a progressive message:

    Bring the Troops Home Now and take care of social justice and financial sanity at home!

    Deonia Neveu, an ordinary citizen,who points out that
    “You don’t always have to have experience to be great.”

    John Sawyer, another conservative running as a Democrat, has the slogan "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THROW THEM ALL OUT."

    On the Republican side there are over 90 candidates. My favorite is Jonathon Albert "The Impaler" Sharkey, a professional wrestler who has stated that President Obama "is even worse than Bush, and I never thought anyone could be worse than Bush. He has no idea how to run a country, nor should he be running a country." Sharkey would ban both abortion and the teaching of evolution in schools. He has run both as a Republican and on the ticket of his own Vampires, Witches, and Pagans Party.

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