Peirce Campaign Advertising in Full Swing

The campaign to elect Bill Peirce governor of Ohio has announced media buys in multiple outlets. A recent press release indicates that the campaign has purchased ten billboards (see below) as well as strategically placed print advertising in newspapers and magazines:

Peirce advertised in a bar and restaurant magazine because of the upcoming ballot issues proposing smoking bans, saying, “I think the owner of the establishment ought to be able to call the shots in his or her business, leaving people to decide what type of establishment to patronize.” Peirce also has committed to ads in the Gay People’s Chronicle, which he believes reaches another group seeking reduced government interference in their personal lives.

Additionally, Peirce’s campaign plans to purchase radio ads during the final days before the election. All of this is in addition to the Taxi ads spotted months ago.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: There are actually 21 billboards currently running until election day, not to mention several 4 x 8 signs that people have put up on their property in high traffic areas (next to freeways and people living on busy streets). Charles has told me that if you want to contribute to put more of just these up, you can make a note with your donation and that money will be tagged for just that purpose.

posted by disinter
  • undercover_anarchist

    I envy my neighbors in Ohio who can go to the polls this November 7 and feel good about their vote for governor.

  • http://www.mainstreamlibertarian.com Eric Dondero

    I just spent a little time in Ohio. I saw no evidence, nor heard of anything on the radio, of the Pierce campaign. Not saying he isn’t trying. But your report here seems a bit optimistic to me.

    What’s happening here, is the same that’s happening nationwide. It’s a definite trend. The liberal media is almost completely ignoring Libertarian candidates for fear that LPers will make the Republicans look like Moderates.

    The last thing the liberals want is some Libertarian beating up on a conservative Republican for not “cutting taxes enough,” or for “not decreasing spending.”

    Destroys their entire template:

    Democrats = good, caring, compassionate

    Republicans = evil government programs cutters who want to throw Little old Grandma out on the street without here Social Security check or Prescription drugs benefit.

    Then a Libertarian comes along and says, “Yeah, throw Grandma out on the street. That’s why the liberals hate us.

  • Stephen VanDyke

    Eric Dondero: One point at a time…

    1) This can’t be backhandedly dismissed as a “liberal media” conspiracy. There are plenty of conservative media outlets displaying the same journalistic laziness (not to mention shrinking newsrooms in the past 10 years). If anything, it’s providing a huge void for independent online news organizations to fill, and I know quite a few in Ohio who are planning on capitalizing on this as the readership is foaming at the mouth for it.

    2) So Peirce makes Blackwell look like a moderate… uh… what the hell are you smoking again? Don’t use that old strawman argument about Libertarians advocating extremist positions here because it’s weak and a blatant lie (not one campaign I’ve seen even cmes close to what you’re describing).

  • paulie cannoli

    The last thing the liberals want is some Libertarian beating up on a conservative Republican for not “cutting taxes enough,” or for “not decreasing spending.”

    And a true libertarian would be just as tough on the Democrats for not stopping the “war on drugs” or the “war on terrorism” (“patriot act,” military commissions act, torture, wiretapping, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), and for basically selling out their constituency on numerous peace and civil liberties issues.

    As for Republicans cutting taxes, a true libertarian would point out they have done no such thing, since deficits are a hidden tax. “Not decreasing spending” is far too kind a way of saying that spending under the Bush Junta has grown far faster than under Clinton I, or indeed any president since at least LBJ and perhaps FDR.

    Then a Libertarian comes along and says, “Yeah, throw Grandma out on the street.” That’s why the liberals hate us.

    As would any sane person if you put it that way.

  • http://www.phillies2008.com George Phillies

    Actually, a Libertarian would contrast himself with the Republican Party of bloated Federal spending, the party that has expanded the Federal budget and deficit faster that any other President in the past 40 years, and make visible the contrast between the Republican spendthrift wastrel party, the Democratic party that under President Clinton was at least somewhat fiscally moderate, and the Libertarian party of Peace Freedom and Prosperity.

    I expect we will also discuss at some length the Republican Party that kidnapped and tortured American citizen Jose Padilla and that continues to take an axe to our Constitutional Liberties. As Mr. Olbermann remarked, the main danger to America is not Mr. Bin Laden, it’s Mr. Bush and his Republican lickspittle lackies.

    The notion of a Republican Libertarian is sort of like the notion of a millionaire capitalist seat on the Communist Chinese Politburo–it makes no sense.

  • paulie cannoli

    A true libertarian would certainly point out that there are better ways to take care of grandma than the government.

    An idiotarian who advocates putting grandma out on the street should be put out on the street long enough to know what it feels like before opening his yap on that particular issue again.

    The notion of a Republican Libertarian is sort of like the notion of a millionaire capitalist seat on the Communist Chinese Politburo”“it makes no sense.

    Bad example – the Chinese Communist Party is no longer really communist or even socialist, merely fascist. But, yes, a Republican Libertarian makes less sense now than ever, and it was never a good idea to start.

  • undercover_anarchist

    Dondy lives in a fantasy world where the media is collectively owned by Communist labor unions who form a leftist cabal. He doesn’t live in the world that we all do, in which the media is owned and controlled by a shrinking handful of right-wing corporations.

    True libertarians ARE liberals. Again, I implored Mr. Dondero to look up the word and stop using it in a derogatory manner. The Republican fascist machine has been working like Orwell’s Thought Police to demonize a word that symbolizes all that is good in an individual and political philosophy. Dondero is a cheerleader for the fascists so he probably does this deliberately.

  • paulie cannoli

    True libertarians ARE liberals. Again, I implored Mr. Dondero to look up the word and stop using it in a derogatory manner.

    It’s not like I haven’t posted this a whole load of times:

    http://mises.org/story/2099

    Eric shows no sign of having read it. There are none so blind as those who will not to see.

  • undercover_anarchist

    Another thing: One reason serious candidates like Mr. Peirce get ignored by the media is because of the plethora of paper candidates that have preceded them. We have made our bed and now we whine like a bunch of pansies that the media isn’t fair. On a more local level, even the congressional level, candidates who WORK HARD are typically rewarded with coverage. It is hard to get attention for a statewide campaign, which only makes sense, since it is hard for a minor party candidate to actually sustain statewide support. Fraduster candidates like Michigan gubentorial token Greg Creswell set back real deal candidates like Mr. Peirce.

  • Derrick

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: a bottom-up media strategy may be the way to go. I think it was Doug Craig who said the other day that the smaller papers in Georgia were treating them great, while the big ones were still dissing them. Well, I would go full-tilt with the smaller papers then, until they created a buzz that the bigger ones could no longer ignore. Six local papers equals one Cincinatti Enquirer.

  • paulie cannoli

    On a local level getting media coverage – at least outside the large cities – is pretty easy.

    I was able to get on local talk radio and TV shows just by asking. The main city daily would cover me even when I was the only one protesting outside the post office on the ides of April, and the weekly did a feature interview.

    Plus, we have the internet.

  • paulie cannoli

    Forgot to mention, this was in a metro area of about 150,000.

  • http://www.mikekole.com Mike Kole

    Undercover Anarchist makes a great point. We can’t run paper candidates. It destroys our credibility, and sets the table badly for the candidates who come along to run a real campaign.

    Several others are correct- The biggest cities’ media will ignore us, unfortunately. The medium and small markets- newspapers and tv by the way- are thrilled when statewide candidates bother to approach them. These media outlets can relate to our position as junior members, and it has been my experience that they gladly give us coverage.

    -Mike Kole
    Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State
    http://www.mikekole.com

  • http://www.myspace.com/jonairheart Jon Airheart

    Congrats to the Pierce campaign on the billboards! Looks great.

  • disinter

    One reason serious candidates like Mr. Peirce get ignored by the media is because of the plethora of paper candidates that have preceded them.

    Actually, no media coverage is better in some cases. I watched the US Senate debate the other night here in Texas and all I can say is the so-called Libertarian probably detracted more people not only from voting for him, but voting for ANY LP candidate. It was truely painful to watch.

  • paulie cannoli

    Paper candidates often give people the only alternative they have in races where the major parties don’t run against each other. Sometimes they also give us ballot status.

    For example, in Alabama in 2000 we had a guy run for State Supreme Court from a remote part of the state. He had not been to the state or local meetings and we couldn’t even locate a picture of him to put in the brochure. Even though he was a purely paper candidate, he got us (just barely) over 20% in a statewide race (the highest percentage required by any state) to make the LP a “major party” under state laws – the first third party to do so in thirty years, allowing us to run about 60 candidates (both paper and serious) in 2002.

    At other times, candidates who start out as paper candidates become serious as the race goes on. Also, having a lot of candidates on the ballot makes the party look more serious and can thus help serious candidates. It’s not always a bad thing.

  • Derrick

    I’m not opposed to paper candidates so much, but I’m definitely opposed to the ones which make us look like nutjobs. For example, conspiracy theorists, those who refuse to file tax returns, those who suggest drunk driving should be legal, etc.

  • paulie cannoli

    Not filing tax returns is a good thing. Shows an extraordinary commitment to principle.

    Not allowing conspiracy theorists would pretty much rule out any prosecutors, since the regime’s legal cases often involve conspiracy theories.

    For my views on drunk driving see the discussion at

    http://hammeroftruth.com/2006/09/23/willie-nelson-caught-with-the-wacky-tobaccy/

  • Devious David

    Good point, paulie. There are a LOT of people who are in the federal pen on conspiracy. The numbers would boggle your mind. A lot of those prosecutions were unethical and overly aggressive as well… I know a guy who knows a guy.

    There is a difference between someone who beleives those things and a kook. We should definitely screen the kooks out. And paper candidates should be discouraged, but those who run “less active” campaigns should be welcome. I define a paper candidate as someone who doesn’t campaign at all, wouldn’t/couldn’t accept the position if they won and won’t take gimme interviews. There is no excuse for running, but refusing an interview and THAT does do damage and doesn’t even produce advocacy for our positions – so, what is the point?

  • Andy

    “Dondy lives in a fantasy world where the media is collectively owned by Communist labor unions who form a leftist cabal. He doesn’t live in the world that we all do, in which the media is owned and controlled by a shrinking handful of right-wing corporations.”

    The media is not really “left” or “right” as it is pro-government. The whole “left vs. right” paradigm is a sham that was set up to rob us of our freedom. This is why I believe that the Libertarian Party needs to establish itself as a brand that is neither “left” or “right.”

    A good ad slogan would be, “The Libertarian Party is not about left vs. right, it’s about the state vs. you.”

  • Andy

    “True libertarians ARE liberals. Again, I implored Mr. Dondero to look up the word and stop using it in a derogatory manner. The Republican fascist machine has been working like Orwell’s Thought Police to demonize a word that symbolizes all that is good in an individual and political philosophy. Dondero is a cheerleader for the fascists so he probably does this deliberately.”

    You are correct that the true meaning of the term liberal is the same as a libertarian. Unfortunately, the term “liberal” was hijacked by socialists back during the FDR era. They knew that it was tough to sell the American people socialism by calling it socialism so they called it liberalism instead, even though their agenda had nothing to do with true liberalism.

    Today’s “liberals” are generally not really liberal, although some of them are liberal on some civil liberties issues.

  • Andy

    “Undercover Anarchist makes a great point. We can’t run paper candidates. It destroys our credibility, and sets the table badly for the candidates who come along to run a real campaign.”

    Actually, it does sometimes make sense to run paper candidates. I know that a few years back in Alabama the LP had a paper candidate for a state office where there was only one major party candidate and the LP paper candidate recieved over 20% of the vote which gave the Alabama LP ballot status for two more years.

  • Andy

    “There is a difference between someone who beleives those things and a kook. We should definitely screen the kooks out.”

    I consider people who believe everything the government says and don’t believe that conspiracies exsist to be kooks, or just simply naive.

    If you don’t like a candidate then don’t support them. Everyone should be free to support or not support whoever they want.

  • Andy

    “For example, in Alabama in 2000 we had a guy run for State Supreme Court from a remote part of the state. He had not been to the state or local meetings and we couldn’t even locate a picture of him to put in the brochure. Even though he was a purely paper candidate, he got us (just barely) over 20% in a statewide race (the highest percentage required by any state) to make the LP a “major party” under state laws – the first third party to do so in thirty years, allowing us to run about 60 candidates (both paper and serious) in 2002.”

    I see that Paulie beat me to that Alabama paper candidate story.

  • http://wesbenedictforlnc.blogspot.com/ Wes Benedict

    Mike Cole,

    We can and do have paper candidates although I will work to have more active candidates.

    I wish you the best in your real campaign in Indiana. I predict you will get 4.0% overall. You should be proud of your result whatever it is but of course strive to do better in the future. In Texas, we have a paper candidate for Railroad Commissioner, a state-wide position that primarily deals with energy regulation. I predict she will get 4.7% overall.

    In Texas, both the small town and big town media cover Libertarian candidates though not as much as we might wish.
    http://lptexas.org/news.shtml

    Not all of the press is positive for Libertarians. Not all of the press is positive for Republicans or Democrats either. In fact, if you ask a Republican here, I suspect they’d tell you the media is overwhelmingly negative towards Republicans. Yet, Republicans dominate this state.

    Democrats likewise complain about negative media coverage here in Texas.

    –Wes Benedict

  • undercover_anarchist

    Andy; sorry, but what you’re saying is not true. FDR was not a socialist. There are those who believe that he in fact saved state capitalism, which is different than free market capitalism. FDR and his ilk are best identified as “social democrats” not socialists and not truly liberals. Most “libertarians” are not liberals either. From Wikipedia:

    “Broadly speaking, liberalism emphasizes individual rights. It seeks a society characterized by freedom of thought for individuals, the rule of law, free public education, the free exchange of ideas, a market economy that supports relatively free private enterprise, and a transparent system of government in which the rights of all citizens are protected. In modern society, liberals favor a liberal democracy with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law and an equal opportunity to succeed. Classical liberals (and libertarians now call for) limitations on power, especially of government and religion.”

  • undercover_anarchist

    As you can see there are a few very minor (although to some, they become very serious) distinctions between liberalism and libertarianism. Another distinction:

    “Liberalism accepts a certain degree of government involvement in the domestic economy, particularly a central bank with the power to print fiat money. This is strongly opposed by libertarians.”

  • Andy

    “Liberalism accepts a certain degree of government involvement in the domestic economy, particularly a central bank with the power to print fiat money. This is strongly opposed by libertarians.”

    This is not true. The classical liberals opposed a central bank and fiat currency and they did not support government involvement in the economy.

  • Andy
  • Graham

    When I was in Ohio visiting relatives there was an article on the LP in their local weekly paper ( nothing major but more than I ever see about the LP where I’m from) and Peirce was listed in their Gov. Poll and Results. So I saw no evidence of the “liberal media” ( I thought Ohio was mostly run by “conservative” Rep. failures,anyway)ignnoring the LP.

  • undercover_anarchist

    Which is why none of my quotes have the words “classical” in front of “liberal” or “liberalism.”

    The people who fascists like Eric Dondero and Rush Limbaugh decry as liberals are not liberals in a classical or modern sense. They don’t claim to be. They use terms like “progressive” or anything to avoid the “liberal” stigma. Socialists similarly hate liberals and hate being associated with liberals and liberalism. Don’t let Eric Dondero and Rush Limbaugh alter the English language and define terms incorrectly. Words have meanings. There is a difference between a liberal and a socialist, a socialist and a social democrat, a communist and a socialist, etc. Not all communists are Marxists and not all Marxists are communists. I like to call people these sorts of names just to piss tehm off, but if we’re discussing a subject seriously then the terms should be used accurately.

  • Rob

    21 billboards for a state the size of Ohio? Is this a joke?

    I hope the Ohio LP is putting this much effort into actual winnable races…

  • Stephen VanDyke

    Rob: it’s not a matter of will and effort, it boils down to money. We’ve raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $60K total and the vast majority of it has gone towards raw advertising. And what we can’t print up or afford, our volunteers who are canvassing neighborhoods step in to print up themselves.

    Keep in mind this is a state where we haven’t run a gubernatorial candidate in 18 years, I’d say the organizational ability we’ve shown is above and beyond the call of duty. Gripe all you want, but put your time and money where your mouth is.

  • http://wesbenedictforlnc.blogspot.com/ Wes Benedict

    It’s extremely rare for Republicans or Democrats to use billboard advertising in Texas.

  • undercover_anarchist

    Rob – Bill Peirce is not going to be the next governor of Ohio. That doesn’t mean he has no reason to run. Movements take time. By making a serious, best possible effort, Peirce is making it that much easier for the next guy.

  • http://www.mikekole.com Mike Kole

    Ohio, my former home state, is the joke. 21 billboards in this race is very important, because Mr. Pierce has the opportunity to secure ballot access. That’s the first step, then you can run more candidates for winnable races. It’s not LP Ohio’s fault that the Ds & Rs wrote Ohio’s laws regarding ballot access this way. LPO is reduced to playing the game the way it was framed- by the others.

    -Mike Kole
    LPIN candidate for Secretary of State
    http://www.kolehardfacts.blogspot.com

  • Andy

    Isn’t Pierce on the ballot as an independent? If so I don’t think that he can secure ballot access with this run.

  • paul i.e. cannoli

    Isn’t Pierce on the ballot as an independent? If so I don’t think that he can secure ballot access with this run.

    Correct.

    DD: See post 16. There are a number of good reasons to run paper candidates.

  • Mark

    I wish there were some billboards along 23 and 75. I didn’t see anything during my 2.5 hour drive today, going North. Not even a single yardsign. :( I spent the weekend with my family and friends and all my family plan to vote for Peirce and 4 or 5 of my friends for certain are and I’m working on some more.

    Plus, my university newspaper did a comparison of Strickland and Blackwell, so I went to the office friday and the author of that segment talked with me for around an hour about third party candidates and Peirce specifically. From now on that paper will be covering all four governor candidates.

    Keep up the good work SVD (and everyone at HoT).

  • http://www.mikekole.com Mike Kole

    Hang on. I realize Ohio and Indiana are different states, and that different states have different rules, but…

    It is the case in Indiana that if an independent wins sufficient numbers for ballot access, he merely needs to name his party, and that party gets ballot access. Certainly Ohio could be different, so I’d love to hear clarification!

  • http://www.mikekole.com Mike Kole

    As regards paper candidates, here’s the Indiana experience.

    In 2000, the LPIN was hearing from media that we couldn’t be taken seriously because we weren’t running enough candidates. So, LPIN recruited over 100 candidates in each of the next few elections. Then in 2003, the media started saying that we couldn’t be taken seriously because too many were paper candidates.

    Now LPIN is running fewer paper candidates than ever, and our statewide numbers reflect this drop. (Around 75 this year.) However, because the candidates we have are running real campaigns, it is being noticed and reported in the media that the Ds & Rs are running paper candidates, and that the Libertarians are showing up!

    Your milage may vary, but expect the media to give a hard time if the preponderance of your state’s LP ballot are lineholders. I am not at all saying that there is no place at all for lineholders, but it had better not be for any Congressional or statewide office if you want credibility.

  • http://wesbenedictforlnc.blogspot.com/ Wes Benedict

    Mike Cole,

    Perhaps you’ll find it somewhat interesting that we’ve moved this discussion from Hammer of Truth to the mainstream press in Austin.

    http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/10/23/23Libertarians.html