Re: RLC Membership Requirements
- From: "Chuck Seberg" <pusherprop3@...>
> I believe current eligibility for RLC is to be registered as a Republican.Dr. Ruwart is a current, regular RLC member.
Since I responded to the same query on some
state eGroups, I'll copy it here.
Qualifications for membership were adopted by
RLC Delegates in Convention as a component of
our National Bylaws.
Because not every state has official registration
by Party, the Bylaws only require "affiliation":
"Regular membership shall be limited to individuals who are affiliated with
the Republican Party (as determined by the Caucus Secretary), who have paid
current minimum dues and who support the purposes of the Caucus."
Affiliation with another party may be considered
grounds for de-certification as a delegate in Convention,
but we do not attempt to validate registration for any
other membership purposes. Those who have an
official affiliation with some other party may still be
"Associate Members" of the RLC:
"Associate membership shall be open to individuals, no matter their
political affiliation, who have affirmatively indicated their support for the
purposes of the Caucus."
So, at the discretion of the RLC Secretary, any
member may protest the "Regular" status of any
other member and the challenged member may
provide whatever evidence the Secretary deems
appropriate. If shown to be a member of another
party, a member may lose the "Regular" privilege
of being an RLC Delegate in Convention.
The Libertarian Party is two organizations in
one: an officially sanctioned party and a group
of dues-paid members of a political action group.
In other words, a person may have paid LP dues
but remains official registered Republican ... or
simply takes a Republican ballot on election day.
Simply paying dues (or any contribution) to any
other organization is not necessarily grounds for
being "reclassified" as a RLC Associate Member.
To date (since 1991) I am aware of only one
case of an RLC member being removed. That was
not on the grounds of party registration, but the
generic "for just cause", as determined by the
Board of Directors.
None of the preceding in any way impedes
a national or state eGroup moderator from taking
reasonable measures to avoid solicitations from
other organizations or their representatives. That
is at the sole discretion of the Chairman or the
Note, in addition, that the RLC can and does
endorse other party candidates, ONLY when there
is no official GOP candidate or nominee. This has
occurred several times, but is very rare.
The RLC is an official s527 political organization,
not an auxiliary or division of the Republican Party.
As such, we are free to endorse primary candidates
and refrain from endorsing GOP candidates that we
find objectionable. The RLC Statement of Principles
only marginally echoes the latest GOP national or
state platforms. We are an independent caucus
within the Republican Party.
National RLC Chairman
This has serious ramifications for all those thinking about saving themselves for Kinky.
Does this mean I can't sign Kinky Friedman's Petition? :-)
From: "Chuck Seberg" <pusherprop3@...>
I believe current eligibility for RLC is to be registered as a Republican.
Dr. Ruwart is a current, regular RLC member. Since I responded to the same query on some state eGroups, I'll copy it here. Qualifications for membership were adopted by RLC Delegates in Convention as a component of our National Bylaws. Because not every state has official registration by Party, the Bylaws only require "affiliation":
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