VA Governor Race: Libertarian Candidate Robert Sarvis Funded by Obama Campaign Bundler

Recently, Ben Swann asked why alleged Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis was being shut out of the debate for governor of Virginia. I think Swann made some excellent points. However, even among libertarians and other political pundits, there were questions regarding whether or not Sarvis was a libertarian. Now, it’s come to light that Sarvis’ campaign received his largest independent expenditure of $11,500 from Libertarian Booster PAC, and Austin, Texas based super PAC and the primary funder is Joe Liemandt, who donated between $100-$200K to Barack Obama’s re-election.

Virginia_Governor-0de52Many had a problem with Sarvis running and this was their concern. I suppose I would have a similar concern, but was more concerned with the issue of someone else’s ideas being shut out of debate.

With that in mind, things should be out on the table. After all, this is what Libertarians and true conservatives want to see, ie. Real transparency.

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The $11.5K given to Sarvis was allegedly to get his name on the ballot through petition and to produce campaign materials.

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Mr. Liemandt is a software billionaire who owns Trilogy. His contributions are more than half of the super PAC’s operating revenue of $229,000. He contributed $150,000.

According to Meredith Jessup at The Blaze:

A spokesman for Sarvis provided no direct answers late Monday when TheBlaze asked about Liemandt’s Democrat ties and whether Sarvis had been recruited to split conservative votes as a way to aid Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

“We’re coordinating Sarvis interviews with Richmond, Norfolk and Charlottesville TV news teams to reach Virginia voters – our first priority –  on Election Eve,” John Vaught LaBeaume, Sarvis communications director and strategist, responded in an email to TheBlaze.

According to Virginia election filings posted by the Virginia Public Access Project, Liemandt contributed $150,000 of the Texas-based Libertarian Booster PAC’s $229,000 revenue. The Libertarian Booster PAC reported providing $11,454 to pay for signature collection, yard signs and campaign materials for Sarvis and another $4,690 for four Libertarian candidates running for the Virginia state legislature.

Jessup also points out that Liemandt has “split its political giving between libertarian third-party efforts and liberal Democrats. During the 2012 election cycle, Trilogy poured $100,000 into another libertarian group — Libertarian Action Super PAC — while simultaneously making generous contributions to the Democratic National Committee ($92,400), the Democratic Party of Ohio ($12,453) and Barack Obama ($10,000), as well as more than $25,000 for Democrat Party organizations in Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire.”

Even more telling about Sarvis is the fact that he did not win an endorsement from either former Congressman Ron Paul or Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), but Ken Cuccinelli did. In fact, Paul has campaigned for Cuccenelli and even said that voting for Sarvis would be “insane.”


He went on to ask “Why should we grant this authority to a few thugs who want to take over the government to make all our decisions for us?”

Paul said Cuccinelli is a “defender” of liberty and asked Virginians not to “give up on liberty.”

“If you elect the other guy, you are [giving up on liberty],” Paul said of McAuliffe. 

In my estimation if you cannot get Ron Paul’s endorsement, then you are probably not someone that anyone should be thinking about. I think Sarvis fits that bill.

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