Gary Johnson has release an ad for his “Our American Initiative,” which is asking for crowd-sourced donations to his lawsuit to sue the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a private organization created by the Democratic and Republican parties which controls access to the Presidential debates.
Basically what the issue is is that he Democratic and Republican parties have secured a monopoly on access to presidential debates by working with institutionalized media to create a system that blocks candidates from other parties from entering the debates. What the debates ruled is that candidates must receive at least 15% of a majority poll to be included. Most of these major polls don’t even include the third party candidates though. This is why it is practically impossible for third parties to enter debates. Televised presidential debates go back to 1960 and have been a regular event since the 1976 election. Originally administered by the League of Women Voters, they’ve been jointly organized by the Democratic and Republican parties through the commission on presidential debates since about 1987, which is a group that the 2 parties jointly formed.
The lawsuit would ask the court to order the CDP to allow any candidate access to the presidential debates who is listed in enough states to garner at least 50% of their electoral college votes. This gives access to debates for third party candidates that are serious about running.
Stick around for Part II when I discuss why this is important!!!