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Libertarian Gary Johnson Bringing in the Big Bucks

Libertarian Gary Johnson Bringing in the Big Bucks

Raised over $2 million in the first two weeks of August.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld has pulled in more than $2.9 million since the beginning of August. From The Wall Street Journal:

The campaign ran an online “money bomb” asking supporters to donate $15 by Aug. 15 with a goal of raising $1.5 million. It reported that more than 90,000 people contributed an average of $32 in support of the Libertarian candidate—nearly double its goal.

More and more people have switched to Johnson this time around as citizens show frustration with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Johnson only raised $2.3 million in his entire 2012 campaign!

Plus, it shows frustrations continue to mount because his campaign only raised $1.4 million between January and June:

One reason Americans may be about $2 million more open to Johnson this August is that he’s running against two historically unpopular major party candidates. In a recent NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, 59% of respondents had unfavorable views of Clinton, and 64% of respondents had unfavorable views of Trump. (In the same poll, 11% of voters said that if the election were held today, they would vote for Johnson.)

The money has pleased Johnson:

“The fact that we received more than 90,000 individual small contributions is overwhelming,” Johnson said in the statement.

But he still needs to rise in the polls. The Wall Street Journal reported that a RealClearPolitics poll only put him at 8.5%. While that is much bigger than the 1% he had in 2012, he still needs to reach 15% to star in three general election debates.

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Yah, too bad he is really a “progressive” dimocrat. And Weld is a yankee fascist.

A duo of gun grabbin, First Amendment hating, BLM supporters have to rake in the dough somehow. Why not from the Mary Jane party?

Trump raised 40 times that amount from small donors. Hillary a bit more, but Goldman Sachs, George Soros, and Saudi Arabia have deeper pockets than the average American.

    OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to mrboxty. | August 17, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Do you mean Soros or Goldstein? Goldstein is the enemy of the party. Goldstein is the evil doer at the center of every plot!

The presidential debates should only be between HRC and The Donald as these two are the only ones who can be made President. This other guy is just a distraction and is totally irrelevant.

Mailman

This is just more of the anti-Trump strategy. Johnson has NO chance to win the general election. Even if both Hillary and the Donald dropped dead the day before the general election, Johnson could not pull out a win.

I passed on a warning to watch for a push, by anti-Trump forces [read as just about everyone in the media, politics and business communities] to get Johnson to 15% in the polls, by Labor Day, in order to place him on the debate stage with Hillary and Trump, as he would detract from Trump’s appearance and help Hillary. Nothing has changed.

Johnson is able to tap into the anti-establishment tide, in this country, being the ultimate political outsider. But, except as a Trump spoiler, he has no chance of making a significant contribution to the political scene.

2 Million Dollars !! Wow that is a lot of weed. He will be too high for any debates.

Yes, the D’rat fraud machine (a.k.a. “the press” and fellow travelers) is going to push very hard to make Johnson look like more than just a noise.

The D’rats absolutely must have him on stage at the debates. Otherwise, Hillary—obviously in poor health, and getting worse by the day—will have to take the full attack of Hurricane Donald. He’ll hammer her with a nonstop flurry of attacks—and they don’t all have to be good ones; they just have to be fast & furious. She’ll be so doped up she’ll just stand there like a cigar-store Indian, or she’ll go full Captain Queeq. Either way, she’ll look awful.

They need a distraction, and at this point Johnson is all they have.

buckeyeminuteman | August 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

That’s nice, but unless he can win enough votes in states to win Electoral College votes, the only thing he’s going to do is throw the election to Clinton. We already saw that happen in 1992 and Ross Perot was way more popular than Johnson is now. What we really need is the Green Party to gain traction and take all the nut job Bernie-types in California or Washington with them. Then perhaps we could keep either candidate from reaching 270.

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