Prohibition Trial Date Set

If you thought fighting for control of the Reform Party was bad! I just got this email tip from Seth Hinshaw…

I just received word from Leroy Pletten, Secretary of the Prohibition Party National Committee, that the judge has scheduled the trial to determine the “true” Prohibition National Committee. The trial will begin at 10:00 a.m., 8/16/2007, in Media, Pennsylvania.

It is not clear how many people will attend. Since the late Dodge faction national convention only attracted two people from outside of Colorado, it does not seem that they will send too many to the trial proceedings. At least four people from the Webb faction are likely to attend.

22 Responses to “Prohibition Trial Date Set”

  1. timothy west Says:

    damn. It sounds like every person in the party is gonna be there! Whoo Hooo!

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Who’ll bring the keg? :)

  3. matt Says:

    Apparently they’re fighting over some guy’s inheritance money.

    So yeah, it’s kind of like the Reform Party on a smaller scale and with even less cheer

  4. Trent Hill Says:

    Earl Dodge basically lost control of the party. It was basically a vehicle for him to sell some campaign materials. Buttons, Signs—whatever. He made an extra few thousand bucks every 4 years.

    Gene Amondson’s faction will win. WOO for 500 votes!

  5. G.E. Smith the Capitalist Dove Says:

    Question: I’ve heard about this inheritance money… Isn’t that a violation of FEC laws? Or is it just used to fund state campaigns? I would think most states would have similar laws.

  6. Joey Dauben Says:

    Is this that “new” common law court, the subject of this: ???

  7. Trent Hill Says:


    It is the inheritance money of George Pennock.
    Residuary Trust Under Will of George Pennock, Delaware Co., Pa leaves an annual portion of money to the Prohibition party. Very much like a donation I think.

  8. Cody Quirk Says:

    Looks like they went from having national conventions in mobile homes to having them in two separate smaller locations- wood sheads!


  9. Brian Says:

    It looks like a good party for Dan Imperato to run on but I’m not sure how he’d get them drunk enough to support him….Brian

  10. G.E. Smith the Capitalist Dove Says:

    Trent - It seems like that would have to be an FEC violation. You never hear of people leaving an annual endowment to the GOP or Dems. What is the maximum allowable donation to a political party anyway? A few grand? They’re fighting over that? And what can it be used for?

  11. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I think it’s higher than a few.. maybe 20k or 25k per year is the limit?

  12. Trent Hill Says:


    Its important to remember that the Prohibition party recieved 500-sumthing votes in 2004. And was on the ballot in only Colorado. I believe the maximum contribution to a party is $10,000? And $2300 to a presidential candidate. That is HUGE for them.

  13. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Old issue of Ballot Access News had the answer…
    George Pennock, a supporter of the Prohibition Party who died more than fifty years ago, left a legacy to his party. It is a trust, which pays the national party approximately $8,000 per year. The two national factions of the party each seek to receive this income. A state court in Delaware County, Pennsylvania is handling a lawsuit to settle the matter. PNC Bank v Pletten, 114-1937. The judge has been trying to encourage a compromise settlement.

  14. Trent Hill Says:

    Makes sense. Thanks Austin.

  15. Kyle B Says:

    Ballot Access News is a great source for info. I look forward every month to getting the newest one in the mail

  16. G.E. Smith the Capitalist Dove Says:

    I’m still surprised it’s legal for a trust to give money to a party. It seems like you’d hear about trusts for the Democrats or Republicans; or even the Libertarians, etc. And it also seems like some of those trusts would pre-date current campaign finance laws; creating a problem.

  17. matt Says:

    I wonder if they were grandfathered in or simply ignored.

  18. Chronicler Says:

    If one accepts the Federal Elections Commission numbers, Amondson received 1,944 votes and Dodge received 140. In Louisiana, Amondson polled roughly the same number of votes as the Socialist and more than the Green Party nominee.

  19. Trent Hill Says:

    I’ll bring the ale.

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