Green Party petitions
The decision was in error to declare the Texas Green Party ineligible for ballot access based on the 92,000 petition signatures being paid for by a corporate entity as an in-kind contribution. Petition signatures are not property with a market value. They are public statements by the signers, not the property of anyone, any more than are the signatures on the Declaration of Independence.
Even if considered constitutional, contrary to the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. FEC, the only sanctions authorized would be statutory penalties against the individuals knowingly involved, as donors or recipients, and not disqualification of the signatures, which the Texas Election Code makes the qualifying condition for ballot access, regardless of how or by whom they might have been gathered, or how they might have been paid for, provided only that they be valid signatures of qualifying citizens, duly certified.
Jon Roland nominee for Texas attorney general of the Texas Libertarian Party firstname.lastname@example.org
Assertions have been made that the Greens are in the pocket of the Republicans, who allegedly funded the signature drive for ballot access. This is completely untrue. The fact is, whoever funded the signature drive is anonymous, begging the question: How could an anonymous source influence the Green Party? The answer: It can’t by virtue of the fact that it’s anonymous.
As history shows, the Greens, unlike their blue or red counterparts, have stridently maintained independence from corporate influence.
The Greens have attempted to secure a place on the ballot so as to enable Texans to assert their independence from for-profit corporate control pervading electoral politics; to secure the interests of working-class folks whose trust has been betrayed by the two elitist parties; to provide a choice free from the special interests and give voice to the demand for an accountable, representative government for the people of Texas.
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