Judd Weiss has spilled the beans on some dirt inside the Johnson campaign. Thank you for joining me on the thirty-fourth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Johnson Campaign Shenanigans. And, make sure to hang out to the end of this episode for your chance to win a prize pack!

Judd Weiss, the former running mate with John McAfee, was interviewed by John Sigurdson of World Alternative Media where he spilled the beans on some of the things he saw in the Johnson campaign in 2016.

Weiss is a former supporter, donor, and fundraiser for Johnson going back to the 2012 campaign. He says in this interview that he supported McAfee in 2016 because he wanted to see the Libertarian Party present a “cool” candidate option for a change. I agreed with this and endorsed John McAfee as my second choice if Darryl W. Perry didn't get the nomination. You can hear my bonus episode of all of that thinking at thelavaflow.com/bonus.

To be clear, Weiss is not saying Johnson is responsible for most of these actions, but that his campaign team certainly is. Wiess lays the blame for most of this directly at the feet of Johnson's shifty campaign manager, Ron Neilson.

 

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Judd Weiss has spilled the beans on some dirt inside the Johnson campaign. Thank you for joining me on the thirty-fourth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Johnson Campaign Shenanigans. And, make sure to hang out to the end of this episode for your chance to win a prize pack!

Judd Weiss, the former running mate with John McAfee, was interviewed by John Sigurdson of World Alternative Media where he spilled the beans on some of the things he saw in the Johnson campaign in 2016.

Weiss is a former supporter, donor, and fundraiser for Johnson going back to the 2012 campaign. He says in this interview that he supported McAfee in 2016 because he wanted to see the Libertarian Party present a "cool" candidate option for a change. I agreed with this and endorsed John McAfee as my second choice if Darryl W. Perry didn't get the nomination. You can hear my bonus episode of all of that thinking at thelavaflow.com/bonus.

To be clear, Weiss is not saying Johnson is responsible for most of these actions, but that his campaign team certainly is. Wiess lays the blame for most of this directly at the feet of Johnson's shifty campaign manager, Ron Neilson.

In the video linked in the show notes to this episode at thelavaflow.com/tls34, Weiss claimed that Neilson received over $4 million for his services. After the video, Weiss went back to double-check these numbers and clarified in a post on Facebook that, according to the FEC site, and the total was actually $1,850,800, or a salary that is ten times higher than what campaigns of even larger mainstream campaigns receive.

As the website, The Libertarian Republic, says, an article from the Politico "describes Marco Rubio’s campaign manager as the highest paid at an annualized salary of $198,000, compared to a total campaign budget of $51.7 million. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager’s pay annualizes to $121,000, with a total campaign budget of $585.6 million. In comparison, the Johnson campaign raised $11.9 million. A staggering 15% of the campaign budget went to Nielson’s management entity."

Weiss also makes the claim that the Johnson campaign paid off Chris Thrasher, McAfee's former campaign manager, to switch sides and join the Johnson campaign. When Chris left the McAfee campaign, he said he just needed a break, then pops up a couple of weeks later on the Johnson campaign. Thrasher and Johnson lost a lot of credibility in my eyes when he did this. Thrasher ended up getting over $30,000 from the Johnson campaign. At least now we know how much Thrasher's loyalty and principles are worth. It's rare that we can put a dollar figure on that for someone.

The Libertarian Republic also said:

Many of Weiss’ other claims include that the Johnson/Weld ticket paid convention expenses for attendees, who showed up exclusively for the Presidential nominating process and didn’t bother voting on other convention business. Though that sort of thing is difficult to trace directly, this is a common rumor among several party members in numerous states, that they’d been offered their expenses paid or other financial favors to their state parties to attend the convention and vote for Johnson/Weld.

If the campaign did not pay for these expenses transparently in a way that can be observed in FEC filings, another possible source of those funds and their dispersal could have been through the payments made to Nielson’s management company. Campaign staff and advertising were, according to the FEC records, paid directly by the campaign, so it puts a solid question mark as to why Nielson was paid so much compared to other campaign managers, and what that money went towards.

Interestingly enough, an email has surfaced from an Ohio delegate tot he convention. The email was sent between the first and second vote at the convention and it is from the Vice-Chair of the Ohio Libertarian Party, Scott Pettigrew. It makes the claim that the Johnson campaign pledges $20,000 to the LP Ohio for ballot access, "in the wake of Governor Johnson's victory in the nomination race." Even though this was mentioned in the email as "no quid pro quo," it is clear that was the motivation. The Johnson campaign was holding out a huge carrot on a stick to Ohio to help secure victory for the campaign. That is clear from the timing and the reward promised. A reward, by the way, that was never given to Ohio. Members of the state party even followed up with members of the Johnson campaign asking for the pledged money and never received a response. Imagine that, you can't trust a fucking politician when he promises you the moon.

Even with all of this, Weiss did vote for Johnson over Trump or Clinton. I couldn't bring myself to do that, even not knowing all of this information at the time, so I find it strange that he could. I chose not to vote for the first time in my adult life rather than having to choose the lesser of three evils.

Does this mean the Libertarian Party isn’t a valuable asset to the Libertarian movement? Weiss believes the Libertarian Party is “worse than useless” the way it’s set up right now, referring to the LP as a “cage match arena where Libertarians fight with each other over positions of no power”. Weiss sees positive action and progress being made in the greater libertarian sphere, but not in the LP, not with campaigns like Johnson-Weld, wasting money and resources with insufficient results for the greater cause: the movement toward liberty.

This is nothing new for the Libertarian Party, though. As a body, they will continue to pick the new shiny object that is placed before them. They've done it the last three election cycles and I see nothing changing about that. I resigned from the national party and my lifetime membership to the Libertarian Party of Arkansas in disgust because of the results of this nomination, primarily because of Bill Weld, but also because of Johnson. I have been working with a principled party, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, which is one of the few parties that did not give Johnson a majority and only had one vote cast for Bill Weld in the two rounds for him. The second VP vote was all 10 for Sharpe. Johnson only received three votes total in the two rounds for president.

And, speaking of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, I was re-elected as the Vice-Chair of that party this past weekend, along with Darryl W. Perry re-elected as Chair. Our entire Executive Committee was re-elected, including Brian McQuade for Membership Director, Jilletta Jarvis for Secretary, and Tom Kershaw for Treasurer. I guess that's a referendum on the hard work these guys have been putting in to finally make the LPNH the party it should. As the home of the Free State Project, there is no reason the LPNH shouldn't be the strongest affiliate in the country.

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