SarvisWe have been covering the Virginia gubernatorial race for a few weeks now. Ben previously reported on how Sarvis was not being allowed to debate his democratic and republican counterparts. I then reported on how Sarvis has some questionable “libertarian values”.

Libertarian Booster PAC, a super PAC based in Austin, TX, provided Sarvis with his largest independent expenditure of $11.5k. The money was used to circulate the petition, which put Sarvis on the ballot and produce campaign materials.

The super PAC’s primary funder is Joe Liemandt, a software billionaire. Liemandt contributed $150k to the super PACs $229k operating revenue. Liemandt was invited to a private dinner with the President for his reelection last year. According to ABC News, Liemandt donated between $100-200k to the President’s reelection campaign. 

Libertarian Booster PAC is primarily responsible for putting Sarvis on the ballot in Virginia. The Blaze contacted Sarvis’ campaign manager for comment. Meredith Jessup with The Blaze directly asked whether or not Sarvis had been recruited to take conservative votes away from Cuccinelli (R) to aid McAuliffe (D).

The campaign did not respond directly to questions concerning the Super PAC. “We’re coordinating Sarvis interviews with Richmond, Norfolk and Charlottesville TV news teams to reach Virginia voters – our first priority –  on Election Eve,” said John Vaught LaBeaume, Sarvis communications director and strategist.

Liemandt’s did enter the PAC before Sarvis announced his intent to run. However, many still wonder if Liemandt is playing his cards to spilt conservative votes.


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  • Allen Knapp

    the Libertarian Party is welcome to reformed Democrats and Republicans.

    • midwestconservative

      So Cuccinelli can join if he loses?

    • DB.Coupe

      Even if they have ideas and want to pass laws that are counterintuitive to the values of being a libertarian?

      • Bondurant

        Every person running on the LP ticket is not flawless. I find your comment odd as most running as Republicans and Democrats also hold ideals contrary to stated beliefs of the party. Republicans claim to support small government but lust over war, which always expands government. Democrats claim to promote peace but lust over war. I’ll take a LP candidate that claims he supports a stupid tax over the nonsense peddled by Democrats and Republicans. Can the LP field a better candidate? Absolutely. But that won’t always happen. It’s a major pitfall in the struggle for ballot access.

        • DB.Coupe

          I don’t know who would support a candidate who would want to implement a pay-per-mile tax on cars, like Sarvis. That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard of, but I know some elected officials have thought of it…I wouldn’t want another person in the ranks in favor of such a tax. It’s absurd. Sarvis is masquerading as a libertarian candidate. This is different from being a democrate who supports a president who is pro war rather than diplomacy with diplomacy when fundamental values of the Democratic Party is less war.(although I could be wrong).

          Saying you would vote LP no matter who the candidate is or wha value/ideas they hold and would implement in office is just as wreck less as those who file as a Rep or Dem and just vote for their party every year without investigating candidates views.

          I know ballot access is atrocious. But an educated voter shouldn’t vote for one party out of disdain of the other party’s affiliation. Besides this isn’t a presidential election so I’m not sure the LP party will lose much from this other than a seat in the house – where Sarvis would be a gross misrepresentation. You should know some republicans are good, they can vote against their fellow republican house members – so they are not all bad. As Dr. Paul said cucinelli is a constitutionalist so he is an ally. Sarvis might do more harm to the LP party than good.

  • Michael B.

    It should be noted that Sarvis is pulling most of his votes from the Democrat rather than the Republican.

  • brucehmajors

    The Virginia Libertarian Party gets in the ballot, collecting the 10,000 plus signatures Republicans make them collect just to get on the ballot, every election. No matter who donates to them. And this article itself shows that Sarvis gave his own campaign twice what this guy donated. And the libertarian Purple PAC gave much more, spending $300,000 on TV ads. A Ron Paul supporter working for Cuccinelli urged me to support him because “personnel is policy.” And she’s right. So many of Ken’s supporters and flaks were liars and smear merchants that he deserves to lose.

  • Drew R

    A link to my article concerning this:

    Sarvis the spoiler? Duopoly is the real spoiler – 2013 Virginia governor’s race