Some Prohibition Party History…

In digging around the Prohibition Party’s website I noticed some very interesting items on there that I thought were worth sharing.

First, the site contains an analysis of the party’s recent performance in Presidential elections with specific focus on the competition between Earl Dodge and Gene Amondson in 2004.

This article lays out exactly what was spent on the 2004 campaign.

They also list the full history of Prohibition Party presidential candidates with election results, church affiliations, and photos of some very interesting campaign materials dating back as far as 1880. It’s amusing to note that as the party’s fortunes fade substantially between the 1920 and 1924 campaigns, there is a statement that reads: “Increasingly repressive ballot access laws after 1920 made it difficult for third parties to campaign effectively.” I’m sure it had nothing to do with the ratification of the 18th Amendment in 1919. ;)

Also, somewhat amazingly, the party has an elected official in Pennsylvania. Jim Hedges was elected Tax Assessor in Thompson Township for a term that runs from 2002 to 2006. Hedges is believed to be the first Prohibition Party officeholder elected since 1959.

9 Responses to “Some Prohibition Party History…”

  1. Douglas E. Says:

    Are they still campaigning to outlaw booze or have they changed their issues?

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I think they’re still against drinking… I know they’ve spoken out against gambling. It’s hard to take them all that seriously, though…

  3. NewFederalist Says:

    The Prohibitionists are still against the manufacture, sale, distribution or transportation of alcoholic beverages in the USA. They now want the same treatment for booze as for pot, for example. Many other planks in the platform of a “religious right” nature such as opposition to abortion, gay marriage and so forth. The take stands on many “moral” issues (like gambling) as well.

  4. Chronicler Says:

    All parties have their key issues. I’m not sure why so many people are opposed to extra attention to public health issues. The Prohibition Party is serious in its efforts to level the playing field for everyone. Intoxication / addiction are key factors in many societal problems today. Instead of criticizing the Prohibitionists, I think they should be commended.

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