Rocky Anderson, the Justice Party’s candidate for President, declared his candidacy on the Americans Elect website today. The announcement comes in the midst of the Justice Party’s effort to gain ballot access across the country. Although the Justice Party has had some recent setbacks in ballot access acquisition, it continues to grow and expand as America’s fresh face of an independent movement calling for an end to Washington, D.C. corruption.
“Americans Elect provides a unique opportunity to third-party candidates” Anderson states. “It gives the American people the ability to select their choice for President without worrying about the corporate investors backing their campaign. Declared candidates of Americans Elect are selected based on their qualifications rather than the size of their campaign war chest.”
Anderson, an ardent supporter of campaign finance reform, has noted that seeking the Americans Elect nomination is consistent with his nomination as the Justice Party’s presidential candidate. “The advantage of gaining the nomination of Americans Elect is that it advocates for the candidates to develop non-partisan solutions and a more cooperative approach to the politics. Americans Elect can be utilized for candidates outside the two-party duopoly, above the influence of corrupt money.”
Although Americans Elect doesn’t require a candidate to take a pledge towards a particular ideological stance, it does ask that every presidential ticket be ideologically balanced. “A fusion ticket would not only energize the public, it would allow for a greater number of interests to be represented,” observes Anderson. “The Democrats and Republicans no longer respect nor represent the public interest. They both feed from the same trough of, and depend upon, special interest money. Our Democracy has been transformed into a plutocracy – government of, by, and for the wealthy.”
Last December when the Justice Party was formed with the help of Rocky Anderson, there was a unifying goal to establish a strong foundation for sustained, long-term changes in the U.S. to achieve a more peaceful, healthy, and just nation. To do this, they understood that they needed a movement to obtain governing authority at all levels of government and they would need to educate and advocate to build support for policies and practices that lead to a more peaceful, healthy, and just nation.
The Justice Party has nominated Rocky Anderson as its Presidential candidate and has been pursuing ballot access in every state. This is, however, a daunting task. Independents and new parties who have achieved nationwide ballot access have spent three to four million dollars collecting signatures. The Justice Party is built on principles, like refusing special interest money, that preclude it from buying its way into the democratic process. We have had success in several states and are actively organizing in over thirty states to develop the Justice Party for long term success.
Americans Elect is a non-partisan non-profit organization in the US hosting the first national online presidential primary in U.S. history. Under the guidelines set forth in an appeal granted by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), to remain outside FEC regulations of political committees, Americans Elect cannot accept funds from candidates or candidate committees, nor donate funds to them, nor can the organization advocate for or against any issue. The organization's sole purpose is to obtain signatures to get on the ballot throughout the United States and to build the technology to process an online nomination.
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Willber, choose to support whoever it is you’d like to. We’re confident that those who believe in the change we’re taking action to realize in our nation will support us, and understand how essential ballot access is. Americans Elect will not shape the integrity of this campaign in any capacity. You needn’t depend on campaign rhetoric to understand how firm the ground we stand on is — just compare the records of the actions taken by all candidates. Americans Elect provides a real opportunity to expose the country to the Justice Party’s movement, which will lend itself to greater support, and eventually, a Justice Party with enough people behind it to become a mainstream party of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Frankly, my support for this is purely pragmatic. Americans Elect has ballot access in Maine, where I’ll be voting, while the Justice Party currently does not. The optimal scenario would have the JP gain ballot access, but obviously the system has been set up to try to prevent that. Even if the leaders of AE were to unscrupulously try to block Rocky, that would expose such intentions and open the path to an alternative not dominated by the wealthy elites. Ultimately, I see the greatest victory as doing damage to the duopoly, so they’ll be forced to stop their stalemate to address the real issues.