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OPPOSE HB 464 - Candidate Filing Fees for Convention Parties

STOP THIS BILL - Filing dees for convention parties are an unfair new TAX on the political process, designed to harm 3rd parties and limit voter choice!

HB 464 would impose a filing fee on for the general election for state and county officers. If passed, this bill, sponsored by Rep. Drew Springer (R-HD-68), would seriously curtail the ability of the Libertarian Party of Texas and all other convention parties to field candidates for state and county offices.

Currently, while the two major parties have their primary elections funded largely at tax payer expense (see pages 3 and 4 of the state budget report), the Libertarian Party pays for all the expenses for our convention system though private funding.

Additionally, this type of law has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on at least two occasions.

This law would essentially be a new TAX on political participation. Convention parties that have already legitimately met the legal standard for ballot access would no longer be able to freely nominate candidates per their own rules and process as is currently the case. The candidates would be forced to pay these additional fees - up to $5000 just for the right to appear on the general election ballot - AFTER having already been lawfully nominated.

The money would be collected by the Secretary of State and used for no clear purpose related to the nomination or elections process. This is truly a "pay to play" legislation designed to protect incumbants from 3rd party challengers - especially in districts where they might otherwise have no challenger at all. In many cases the filing fees in the proposed fee schedule are equal to or even in excess of the entire campaign budget for 3rd party candidates.

It's clear that this law has one intention - effectively shut down all third parties in Texas.

 

 

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Public Comments (660)
Dec 5th, 2016
Lynn Atherton B. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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More attempts to keep alternate choices out. Shamful!
Dec 5th, 2016
Lynn Atherton B. from Dodson, TX writes:
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How many times over the last 45plus years have both Democrats and Repulicans joined hands on "bi patianship" to keep all others out. I would be curious how many are suppprting this obvious power play. The D's nor R's are not long before they go into that proverbial trash bin but in the meantime what are plans for destroying this. Visits with congress. Critter? Internet is fasest. What else
Jun 21st, 2016
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