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Pacific Green Party fined $75

A complaint against the PGP was filed with the Secretary of State by three former leaders and the Libertarian Party surronding our nomination of Teresa Keane for US Senate.
We just received a letter from the SoS regarding the Complaints. The SoS determined that it does not have jurisdiction over the complaint regarding the PGP's compliance with its own nominating procedure, so there is no violation regarding the CC's nomination of Teresa to her U.S. Senate candidacy.

The SoS did however determine that we violated ORS 248.009(1) by failing to
advertise our August 14 nominating convention in three newspapers of general
circulation. For that violation, we got dinged with a $75 fine.

homepage: homepage: http://www.pacificgreens.org

PGP 18.Nov.2004 14:48

jlii

To apologze for voting for Kerry I will pay the fine where do I send the money?

Donation link 18.Nov.2004 15:09

bryce


Wish the leaders who filed the complaint would pay the fine 18.Nov.2004 16:08

B

What a bunch of cry babies who went running to the Secretary of State when they didn't get their way. State law is clear the SOS has no authority and our rules gave the State CC the power to decide these things under the circumstances present.

Because these folks tattled, we were hit with a fine on a small technicality that wouldn't have been an issue. They should be the ones paying.

Thanks Lloyd, Liz and Jeff.

Green nominating convention 18.Nov.2004 17:01

George Bender

The internal politics of the Pacific Greens is no longer any of my business, since I've changed my registration to independent. However, out of curiosity:

1. How was the August 14 nominating convention publicized? I was a registered Green then, and I didn't get any notice in the mail.

2. How many people showed up?

Since I live in Eugene I could not have afforded to go up to Portland for the convention anyway. It seems to me that a state nominating convention is not a very democratic way for a third party to choose its candidates. I don't know if the law allows any alternative. I know the state will not pay for a minor party primary. I wonder if it would be possible to have a number of conventions around the state, then add up the votes. As a Nader supporter, I would like to have had a voice in the selection of the Green's presidential candidate.

Hey Bender! 19.Nov.2004 12:51

StevetheGreen

Bender writes....

>1. How was the August 14 nominating convention publicized? I was a registered Green then, and I >didn't get any notice in the mail.

Notices were sent out to all registered Greens.

>2. How many people showed up?

Approximately 40 to 50 out of the over 13000 registered greens.

>I wonder if it would be possible to have a number of conventions around the state, then add up the >votes. As a Nader supporter, I would like to have had a voice in the selection of the Green's >presidential candidate.

For the same reason we rejected Nader, you would not have a voice because you abandoned our party, just like Ralph did.

I will say that we are examining how we conduct our conventions in an effort to make them more acessible and get as many "Greens" as involved in the process as we can.

If you would of remained a green, you might of been able to help.
Now that Ralph has retired, maybe you finally "see the light" as it pertains to the short term life of promoting an independent candidate.

You gotta build a lasting movement George!
That's what your buddy Ralph told us for years and years.