Libertarian Party joins lawsuit to open presidential debates

For Immediate Release Monday, June 22, 2015

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The Libertarian Party joined Level the Playing Field, the successor group to Americans Elect, and the Green Party to file a lawsuit aimed at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a Democratic- and Republican-run agency that sets rules designed to exclude third parties and independents from presidential debates.

The lawsuit is filed against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which is also run by Democrats and Republicans and which refuses to enforce laws that the CPD is blatantly violating.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is another example of the two old parties working hand in hand to keep the American people from hearing real, bold ideas for how to fix this country,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “Nothing scares them more than having a fresh voice on that debate stage.”

“Any candidate eligible for the Presidency and on enough ballots to be elected should be on the debate stage,” he said.”Anything else is unfair and perpetrates a fraud on the American voter. This lawsuit is just one way we are calling out this sham and fighting for all Americans to hear from all of the candidates for President.”

Read the full complaint here .