Willie Nelson Raises $170K for Kinky

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Kinky Friedman fundraiserWe’ve grown accustomed to pointing out the independents- winning- 2006- elections- yumminess being spouted by some of the media when it comes to third parties in 2006, but it looks like one candidate is really trying to pull off a gubernatorial upset in Texas for 2006.

Kinky Friedman recently raised and estimated $170,000 in one night thanks to friend and country music singer Willie Nelson. And while it’s a far cry from the $5 million his manager say he needs just to get on the ballot (that seems preposterously high, but we’ll roll with it), Freidman has some serious star alliances going on, including former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura and comedian Penn Jillette.

You know, there might be some real legs to third parties races if they can duplicate this kind of fundraising (and this kind of message).

posted by vforvandyke
  • Stephen Gordon

    If Friedman’s manager requires $5 million just to get on the ballot, Friedman seriously needs consider getting a new manager.

    I’m not a ballot access guru and haven’t checked recent Texas law and court decisions for an independent running for governor, but my recollection is that he would need 65K valid signatures or so. Even with a reject rate of over 50% and a lot of uneccessary overhead expenses, a very inflated figure would be around half a million bucks.

    I just left a message with a friend who is guru on the topic to verify the current Texas requirement.

    Kinky, I’m finishing two campaigns tomorrow, and I’d love to collect merely on a percentage of what I can save you.

  • http://goldenliberty.blogspot.com AB

    It’s these kind of requirements that make it hard for third parties.

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