Commission Recognizes The Green Party
WASHINGTON - November 8 - The Federal Election Commission (FEC) today issued an opinion recognizing the Green Party of the United States as the National Committee of the Green Party. The decision, in response to a request to the FEC from the Green Party in August, follows the Green Party\'s ground-breaking 2000 campaigns, including the national campaigns of Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke for President and Vice President. \"The decision of the FEC adds to the enormous momentum the Green Party now enjoys,\" said Dean Myerson, Green Party Political Coordinator. \"We are running more candidates, electing more candidates, gaining more members and support.\"
During the party\'s annual meeting in Santa Barbara, California last July, Green delegates voted to establish a national party and to apply to the FEC for national committee status. Delegates also approved growth plans that include opening an office in Washington, D.C. and hiring a team of field organizers for the mid-term election season.
\"National Committee status is a tremendous accomplishment for the young party, one that acknowledges its place as the leading and fastest growing political alternative in the United States,\" added David Cobb, General Counsel for the Green Party of the United States. \"It will help increase the numbers of voters who recognize us as the party of change, a serious contender on the political landscape.\"
National Committee status will permit the Green Party to accept contributions up to ,000 per year from individuals, but internal Green Party rules cap such donations at ,000 per year. The party and its candidates also refuse contributions from corporations.
\"The Green Party is the only political party to oppose the big money that is corrupting politics in America,\" said Steve Schmidt, chair of the party\'s Platform Committee. \"We\'re the only party that chooses to regulate itself more strictly than the federal government.\"
The Green Party has called for a measured and just response to the September 11 attacks, demanding that the U.S. avoid further civilian deaths and continue to protect civil liberties and our constitutional rights of dissent, free assembly, privacy, due process, and mobility. The Republican and Democratic Parties continue to retreat from supporting such protections.
\"The attacks were a crime against humanity, and Greens call for the culprits to be brought to justice in an appropriate international court of law,\" said Annie Goeke, a Pennsylvania Green and chair of the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States. \"The current war mentality threatens to undermine our rights and cause needless deaths, abroad and possibly even here in the U.S. It will prove ineffective in stopping terrorism.\"
The Green Party of the United States is the national political organization of the Greens, in which 33 states are represented, with other states\' memberships pending. It organized the Green National Convention in Denver in June, 2000, at which Ralph Nader was nominated to run for President, and is recognized among Green Parties around the world.
Media inquiries about national policies and activities of the Green Party should be directed to the Green Party of the United States, through its media representatives as listed in the heading above. To contact state Green Parties, visit the Green Party of the United States web site <http://gpus.org> and follow the links to the state parties and their contacts and web sites.
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