John Clifton, the Libertarian 2014 candidate for state Comptroller, along with John K. Wilson (LP candidate for Assembly, 37th district), and other guest speakers and notables will be attending a 20th anniversary dinner for the Libertarian Party of Queens County (LPQC). The function will be held at Connolly’s Corner at 71-17 Grand Avenue in Maspeth on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. LPQC founder John Procida, Clifton and other contenders will be making remarks about the current campaign, and celebrating the history of liberty activism in Queens since 1994. Further details can be found here.
“This is the event all liberty bugs (who remain hidden in the woodwork) should attend to help us celebrate our accomplishments,” reflects Tom Stevens, current elected Chair of LPQC. Stevens notes that Queens Libertarians remain the largest and most active chapter in the New York Libertarian Party. The meetings held by LPQC over 20 years have hosted an ongoing educational speaking program advocating free markets, individual and personal liberty, in talks participated in by elected officials and luminaries ranging from Henry J. Stern, to Roy Innis of CORE, Julia Harrison, Jeffrion Aubry, Bill Schmidt, Dan Halloran, Randy Credico, LP candidate for Governor Mike McDermott, and many others.
Clifton and LPQC members have also helped organize city or statewide efforts such as opposing eminent domain abuse, invasive TSA practices, as well as launching one of the first five Ron Paul meet-up groups in the country. Candidate Clifton grew up in Queens, and in addition to running for Comptroller, has served as county and state Chair for the party. Clifton applauds the local candidates and activists who have been part of raising awareness of liberty issues, “towards removing state force and fraud from the lives of New Yorkers.” Once in office, he pledges he “would exercise authority to properly defend the liberties this state has depleted in recent years,” in his words. Clifton is running to drop taxes, end fiscal waste, corruption and other government largess in the election.
According to a State of Politics story on August 6, “Bob Antonacci, the Republican candidate running for state comptroller who is participating in the first statewide public financing program, says not hitting the 2,000-donor threshold to qualify for public matching funds would be a “colossal failure” but he’s confident he’ll reach that goal by next month.” John Clifton, the Libertarian candidate for Comptroller, has responded that public financing of campaigns is a drain on New Yorkers’ resources, thus he says Antonacci failing to qualify would be a colossal success, or a good thing for voters.
“If you run expecting to get a government subsidy to conduct a ‘successful’ or viable campaign, you’re already feeding at the trough before you get in,” notes Clifton. “The cash to cover this political welfare program is coming from the state’s unclaimed money fund, in other words, money that should be going back to New York residents.” He and other Libertarians cite the example of the late Harry Browne, and other party standard bearers who chose not to base their campaign finances on public matching funds, or other money taken from taxpayers.
Clifton applauds candidates and parties who in general decline public financing, and notes all the 2014 ‘Team Liberty’ LP candidates for New York office (such as LP gubernatorial contender Michael McDermott) are running 100% on private funds and small donations. While incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli is not participating in the matching funds program, he can afford to, due to reports that he has raised $1.17 million in donations over the past six months, mainly from large unions or PACs, giving him a balance of $2.78 million.
“It appears DiNapoli is deeply in the pocket of the PACs and unions, while Antonacci seeks to dig into the pockets of the taxpayers,” notes Clifton. As opposed to the “in your pockets” mentality of the major candidates, Clifton is running to drop taxes, end fiscal waste, corruption and other government largess in the election.
Supporters in need of easing the petitioning process in the remaining days of the drive are welcome to use the following simple flyers for Clifton as they gather signatures. Keep on using them in the months to come as we head to Election Day!
Note: Candidate for Comptroller John Clifton also serves as Queens Petitioning Coordinator for LPQC/LPNY’s 2014 petition drive. Here is his update on his upcoming petitioning appearances in the borough in the coming weeks:
at Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park) , Queens
at Beach 108th Street Hockey Rink (in Rockaway Beach Boardwalk) , Queens
at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park) , Queens
at Main Park House (in Cunningham Park) , Queens