408 Candidates Running for President

15 01 2008

Did you know that there are actually 408 people who have registered to enter the Presidential Race?

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P08/candidates.phtml#P154

Party Principal
Candidates
Other
Candidates
Count Total Receipts Count Total Receipts
Major Parties
Democratic 11 $246,414,629 80 $32,937
Republican 12 $174,342,761 95 $326,087
Major Third Parties
Green     12 $8,316
Libertarian     16 $159,396
Reform     2 $400
Other Third Parties
American Independent     4  
American     1  
Constitution     3  
Independent American     2  
Peace And Freedom     2  
Personal Choice     1  
Prohibition Party     2  
Socialist Party USA     13  
Socialist Workers Party     1  
United Citizens     1  
Independents
Independent     88 $230,037
No Party Affiliation     18 $21,620
Unaffiliated     15  
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
Not readily classifiable     28 $27,360
Write-in     1  
 
Subtotal 23 $420,757,390 385 $806,153
Grand Total: 408 candidates, $421,563,543 total receipts

 According to “Green Papers” (see link above) all you have to do is come up with the cash in order to be a Presidential Candidate– as we learned from Colbert;  the cash isn’t enough… the Party has to accept you… although there are plenty of Independents on board here who, from what I understand only have to come up with the cash.

I’m not so naive as to believe that a Presidential race can be won without a lot (a Whole Lot) of money but isn’t it unfortunate that it’s the first requirement?  I wonder how much Abraham Lincoln spent on his campaign… Those train rides must have cost something… and, obviously he didn’t have the option of spending millions on TV ads.

So… what’s my point? Are any of the candidates true representatives of the population? (Edwards comes from a middle class background– do any of the other forerunners?) They must be privileged, well connected and well… loaded in order to pull this off.  How can we expect any of them to represent us– the average person– when they can’t relate to our very real concerns?

Maybe we should look at some of these other candidates– for instance who is  Jon Greenspon?

Jon Adam Greenspon of California
FEC id: P80004351. Total receipts: $400
Declaration of Intent of Candidacy: Thursday 24 May 2007
Campaign website: http://www.greenspon2008.com/
Filed with the FEC as a Reform party candidate 24 May 2007. Refiled as an Independent circa 1 August 2007.
Address: 25576 3rd; Barstow, California 92311

I’m not suggesting that this man (who I randomly pulled out of the list) is a viable candidate.  But, he is a real person from a middle class background as are many of the other 350 plus candidates the mainstream media has never mentioned. (I wonder what would happen if the 24 hour pseudo news channels started talking about these other candidates…)

It seems as though the parties– and their constituents are so divided– maybe we should take a look at these other people… there might be a real gem in the bunch that we could get excited about.

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2 responses

24 01 2008
DR Charles Gordon Vick

Florida’s Kristi Bronson, advises me that I can be
on the Ballot as a Presidential candidate, 2008,
as a “NO PARTY AFFILIATION”. Why does all
STATES not have this option for WW11 combat
disabled veterans and former POW’s of Japan,
who served their countyry in a REAL War, to
be a Presidential candidate? I support our
U.S.Constitution. ALL of my Party Presidential
candidates support only the Charter of the United
Nations, NOT our U.S.Constitution.

11 07 2008
psudan

My new blog is designed to cover all of these “unknown” candidates.

http://independentsroom.wordpress.com/

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