2020 Green Party Presidential Newsletter
From the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC)
Updated PCSC Web Pages
The PCSC web pages have been updated for 2020. These pages provide some essential information on how to run for the Green Party nomination. They provide links to documents of interest to candidates and to Green Party voters. An attempt has been made to eliminate obsolete information from the 2016 campaign.
List of Active Candidates
The PCSC’s list of active presidential candidates is now being kept online here.
It is important to understand that the placement of a name on this list does not mean that any judgement has been made on the sincerity of the candidate or their ultimate credibility as a candidate. Currently the only criterion for appearing on this list is that the individual has returned a Letter of Interest to the PCSC. Some campaigns are in exploratory mode and have not yet made the decision to run. None of the campaigns have returned a candidate questionnaire. Several have not established an FEC campaign committee. The information in the list will be refined over time to track the progress of the campaigns toward gaining official recognition.
Blog Now Focused on the 2020 Green Campaigns
A blog has been created by the GPUS web manager to give access to postings from Green Party presidential candidates. Any candidate who is listed on the PCSC’s Active Candidates List has been invited to designate someone from their campaign to submit material for this blog. Note: The individual campaigns are responsible for the material that appears on this blog and a posting does not imply endorsement or approval of the content by any Green Party entity.
In each presidential cycle, the PCSC is required to implement an Outreach Plan to encourage good persons to consider jumping into the race for the Green Party nomination. The PCSC is seeking recommendations from party members for persons who are not currently running but should be encouraged to consider entering the race. Anyone who wants to make a recommendation is encouraged to please take a few moments to complete the following survey.
Or you can make a suggestion to the PCSC by writing to to PCSC Co-Chair Sanda Everette. In making a recommendation, you should include whatever contact information you might have for the candidate you're recommending and briefly explain why you are recommending outreach to that person.
Lawsuit fails to open the debates. Being appealed.
The Level the Playing Field lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates did not prevail in US District Court. It will be appealed. The Green Party and the Libertarian Party are plaintiffs in this measure that is being funded by electoral activist Peter Ackerman.
Official Recognition Criteria Being Revised
A proposal to revise the criteria for official recognition of presidential candidates (Article 10) is under discussion within the National Committee. The purpose of the revision is to fix certain flaws in the process that were uncovered in 2016 and to provide more information about candidates to voters. Certain revisions have been made to the proposal as a result of comment received during the National Committee discussion period. It is expected that the revised proposal will be voted upon in mid-May.
The PCSC has released a guidance document on the fair treatment of presidential candidates by the party. A copy of these guidelines can be found online here.
These guidelines are not binding upon anyone, but are offered only as a starting point when considering fairness issues.