From The Jack News:
December 28, 2017, Washington, DC — Attorneys with the Our America Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy organization, have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari asking the Justices to reinstate an antitrust suit brought against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) by former presidential candidate Gary Johnson and others challenging the Commission’s boycott of third party and independent candidates from nationally televised debates.
Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed the case based on a putative separation of business from politics. The Our America Initiative has provided financial support for the lawsuit, originally filed in 2015, throughout the proceedings leading to this week’s filing with the Supreme Court.
Gary Johnson fought hard in the 2016 election to gain access to the Presidential debates, but was denied entry based on an arbitrary numbers set by members of the Republican and Democratic Parties. Despite the low approval ratings of both Trump and Clinton a third voice was denied access to the mainstream of America.
The lawsuit alleges that the Commission on Presidential Debates, a joint venture between the major national political parties, unreasonably impairs fair competition in the business of campaigning for the presidency by creating insurmountable barriers to participation in presidential debates, the Super Bowl of politics, except for the nominees of the Democratic and Republican Parties.
Despite the unpopularity of Johnson among some diehard Libertarians this is a big lawsuit that can control the direction of Libertarian politics for many years to come. If the Supreme Court grants a writ and hears the case we could be in for a big showdown with the two major parties. There has been too much control on their part for years in the American political system and this could be the crack that is needed to break apart the two party system.
We will stay up to date on this story as it develops.