Free and Equal Elections
Foundation hosted the 2012 “3rd Party” Presidential debates that were moderated
by Larry King and Thom Hartmann and viewed by an estimated 20 million
I’ve left Free & Equal, but I
have even bigger plans moving forward.
believe that with laying the groundwork down now, we can create debates that
are viewed by far more than 20 million people and really compete on a national
4 Point plan to give the 3rd
Parties a media platform to fairly compete in 2016 and let alternative voices
and ideas be heard.
1 - Hosting the debates in LA and
While I got lucky with Ora.tv
helping to bring Larry King in to moderate the Chicago debate, I wasn’t so
lucky in DC. While Thom Hartmann is well known, he’s not nearly as big as the
names who were interested in moderating the 2nd debate had we been in LA or
NYC. Larry King generated incredible amounts of press for that debate, and I
plan on bringing in more names the entire country knows and cameras can’t help
but follow to moderate the debates in 2016.
(Both Jon Stewart and Phil Donahue were interested if we had been in
NYC, as were Ricki Lake and Martin Sheen had we been in LA.)
2 - Two tiers of sponsors. Our
second tier sponsors will expand on the 57 media and organization sponsors
F&E had for the 2012 debates. These sponsors paid nothing, but reported on
the debates and helped spread word of them.
The first tier sponsors will be the real game changer in 2016 –
organizations and companies that will sponsor us financially, enabling us to
then take that money to the networks to run promotional ads in addition to
broadcasting our debates.
RT America, The
Real News Network, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, Ora.tv, Link TV and CSPAN all
broadcast the 2012 debates, and I’m going to work hard to get at least one of
the major networks to join that list in 2016. (As well as Ben Swann’s soon to
launch EMP News Network)
3 - In the summer of 2012 a
handful of Gary Johnson supporters were able to get through to 2 companies and
1 organization (Phillips, BBH New York and the YWCA) that had been sponsors of
the Commission on Presidential Debates and educate them about their debates
I was late on the ball in
trying to bring them on as sponsors of the debates in 2012, but I plan on really
promoting this approach in 2016 to starve the CPD of their sponsorship dollars,
and doing all we can to welcome these companies and orgs on as sponsors of the
open debates. If we can get just one of these companies to sponsor them, it
will create an opportunity for a national news story.
4 - At least 10 debates. We’ll
start the 2016 debates in the early summer, and space them out so that the last
one takes place right before the CPD’s start.
Just 2 debates close to election day is too
little too late. Last year viewers could vote online for their favorites, and I
plan on expanding that to voting via text message, with one candidate going
home after every debate until 2 are left at the last debate. The plan is to
create demand for the candidates to be included in the CPD’s events. If they
don’t allow them to their debate, the American people will become very aware of
the fraud, and we’ll publicly invite the D/R candidates to our platform while
we continue hosting debates with our two remaining candidates on the same
nights the CPD’s are held to include the VP’s. We’ll ignore them just as
they’ve ignored us. We also plan for reality TV shows that showcase each of the
candidates before the first debate airs.
The media project I'm helping
with now - http://benswann.com/
- and the
work I do with a reality TV show producer, are with an eye on creating
relationships with people in other organizations and media outlets that will
help with the 2016 plan.
I am currently looking for
organizations/companies/media platforms that would be interested in forming a
coalition to help make these debates as big a success as possible, and if you
know of anyone who might consider joining with - http://ivn.us/
of the coalition that is already aboard, feel very free to pass this
I really think we can shake