ACT TODAY TO OPEN UP THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES TO THIRD PARTIES! JULY 12 DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
Imagine Dr. John Hagelin participating in the nationally televised Presidential debates in October 2000. Imagine his impact on millions of American voters through his eloquent presentation of Natural Law Party principles and programs. Now you can help us make this vision a reality.
As reported in the June 10 Federal Register, the Federal Election Commission recently received an official Petition for Rulemaking urging the Commission to revise its rules about debates. The petition suggests that "objective criteria for inclusion in Presidential and Vice Presidential debates [be] established by the Commission itself, and not [be] left to the discretion of debate staging organizations."
The petition also specifies what these "objective criteria" should be. HAD THESE CRITERIA BEEN APPLIED IN 1996, JOHN HAGELIN WOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THAT YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES.
Copies of the Petition are available for review at http://www.fec.gov/1996/whatsnew.htm (click on "View the Petition" under "June 10, 1999 Notice") or from the FEC's FlashFAX service (dial 202-501-3413 and follow instructions, requesting document #239).
The Commission is currently considering the merits of this petition, and has invited comments from the public through July 12, 1999. PLEASE ACT TODAY!
Please support the establishment of clear, objective criteria by the Federal Election Commission to determine who participates in election debates. Send an e-mail TODAY to:
Rosemary C. Smith
(be sure to include your full name, e-mail address, and postal service address). You may also fax your comments to Ms. Smith at 202-219-3923, with a written follow-up comment sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20463.
Some points you may want to include:
We thank you in advance for your quick response to this great opportunity to open up the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates in 2000!
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