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American Constitution Party Suffers from Major Party Status in Colorado
As recounted last year in The New American, the American Constitution Party (ACP) has achieved major party status in Colorado, due in large part to the campaign for Governor of Tom Tancredo (left), former Republican Congressman from the state. Ironically, now that the ACP has gained this level of official acceptance, the red tape associated with maintaining this existence is discouraging it from getting comfortable in the new role as a legitimate alternative and besides, it’s expensive to buy into this high-stakes game.
Compliance with bureaucratic regulations isn’t easy. As described by the Columbus, Indiana, Republic:
With only 4,134 members, the ACP has had to create a 21-member central committee, elect an executive committee and set up party committees in each of Colorado's 64 counties. In exchange, the party gets a place at or near the top of the ballot in the next gubernatorial election in 2014.
"We keep asking Secretary of State Scott Gessler what's the benefit of being a major party. We get a higher position on the ballot, but if that's the only thing, it's not worth it," said Amanda Campbell, the ACP's treasurer and an executive board member.
Being a major party brings major responsibilities, like filing detailed campaign finance reports, hiring lawyers to interpret complicated state and federal reporting requirements, and holding primaries and caucuses.
The ACP may be stuck for another four years. Gessler said there is no statutory authority for a party to give up major party status and that the Legislature would have to change the law to allow anyone to withdraw. Campbell said the party won't ask for any change because that would cost taxpayers.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
The ACP got to this point because Tom Tancredo switched from the Republican party to run under their banner and you would think that his success would equate into some added financial backing for the party but, most all of the money raised for his campaign was deposited directly into Tancredo's coffers, bypassing the party altogether. The ACP only got a few hundred dollars of donations as a result of that election. Then, after he had used the ACP, Tancredo switched back to the Republican party again. Awful suspicious if you ask me.
Now, the ACP is stuck with all of the legal obligations of a "Major Party" and none of the financial benefits. They can't even give up their "Major Party Status".