Thursday, September 22, 2016

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson sets fundraising milestone among third-party candidates

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson sets fundraising milestone among third-party candidates

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson set a new milestone in August among third-party candidates, becoming the first to raise $5 million in a single month dating back to at least 1996, the Wall Street Journal reported. Digital campaign finance records aren’t accessible before that year.

The former New Mexico governor, whose 8.4 percent polling average puts him well short of the 15 percent requirement to participate in the presidential debates. Still, he’s on track to be one of the strongest third-party candidates in the last few presidential cycles.  He has qualified for the ballot in all 50 states plus Washington. D.C., and has raised millions for his campaign.

“With a majority of Americans wanting a choice other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, today we now know for certain that on Election Day, every voter in America will have that alternative option,” a campaign press release said.

Campaign efforts to position the Johnson ticket as a viable third option among those who are unsatisfied by the mainstream candidates gained new momentum in August, as shown by its successful fundraising push