Surprising Strength for the PCP…

From last month’s printed edition of Ballot Access News…

The chart on page three shows the amount of money donated so far this year to each political party on state income tax forms, in the twelve states that permit this. One surprise from the data is the 9% support among Utah taxpayers for the Personal Choice Party. The only minor party that did better was the Maine Green Party, which always does well.

The Personal Choice Party exists only in Utah, and qualified for the ballot for the first time last year. The party refuses the money. The party founder, and its only officer, is Dr. Ken Larsen of Salt Lake City. He says since the party has no treasurer, no bank account, no conventions or other ways to make decisions, the party is unable to accept the money donated to it. Furthermore, the party rules specify that the rules themselves can never be altered, so this situation cannot be changed. Presumably the $17,000 donated to the party will revert to the state government. In 2004, the party only received .10% for president, but it polled 4.7% for Auditor, above the 2% test, so it is still ballot-qualified.

http://www.ballot-access.org/2005/0805.html#19

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