Successful Ballot Access Drive!

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We did it!!!

Thank you for donating to our Ballot Access Fund during the very special double-matching opportunity.

We have now reached the full $33,900 which will now be TRIPLED to $101,700!

Our experts have recommended that we raise $130,000 in 2017 to do the work needed to ensure that Libertarian candidates are able to appear on every ballot in America in 2018.

While this double-matching campaign has ended, our ballot access fundraising and needs have not. We still need to raise about $25,000 in 2017 to do the work needed this year to put us on the path to 50 state (plus DC) ballot access for 2018.

Right now, we are further ahead in this process than ever before and, with your help, we are going to keep plowing ahead on this critical work.

Our goal is to make sure that Libertarian candidates are able to appear on every ballot in America in 2018.

Thank you again for your generous support that makes this work possible.

Wes Benedict
Executive Director

www.lp.org/ballotfund

October End-of-Month Financial Report Released

annual-reportFrom the LNC List: The October End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached. The reserve dropped to $415,669, which is $370,377 above the reserve target of $45,292. October had some extra expenses: $20,000 contributed to the Mark Miller Campaign, $15,500 for the annual audit, and $6,400 Kentucky legal expenses.

Tim Hagan

You can view the report here.

November Membership Report Release

membshipreport-smallThe November Membership Report has been released, and a copy can be found here. I have started to compile a running chart of how our Region’s BSM numbers are growing.

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This report has some interesting charts as usual.
Active Donors continue to go up:

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But New Donors continue to go down (after a drastic drop):

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Lapsed donors are back on a downward trend:

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But renewing donors went down – AND THIS IS WHERE THE LNC NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED:

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Region 1 Fourth Quarter Report and Proposed Agenda

statescollagedropshadowThe Region 1 report for the July 17, 2016 LNC meeting has been turned in and is available for viewing here.

The proposed agenda for the meeting can be found here.

When the live-streaming details are released, I will post them. Remember that Independent Political Report often also live-blogs the meetings. A link for that entry will be shared when available as well.

August 2016 Membership Report Released

membshipreport-smallThe August Membership Report has been released, and a copy can be found here. I have started to compile a running chart of how our Region’s BSM numbers are growing.

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This report has some interesting charts as usual. Donors continue to go up:

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Lapsed donors climbed but still remain on a significantly downward trend… donor and member retention is a huge concern of mine:

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Renewing donors are flattening though still slightly up as a trend- THIS is a key metric:

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July 2016 End-of-Month Financial Report

au bureau_0020The July 2016 End-of-Month report is out, and I am learning more on the interpretation of these. I use this space though to talk about general trends I think will be of interest to Region 1 members. The full report can be found here.

The Active Donors categorically is now historically going slightly up over a two-year trend.

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But still significantly down *as an average* over a twenty-year trend.

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Revenue is trending down *as an average* over a twenty-year trend, but I see this moving up to flattening and then rising.

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Revenue and expenses are meeting (we have a surplus).

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And expenses from source show that online is steadily growing and was the largest part of June… probably due to the completely extraordinarily online store that Wes Benedict has spear-headed.

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We are way over-budget but that is being addressed at this time via motion in the LNC. We have the funds, it is a matter of properly allocating them.

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Understanding Two Similar Entries on the Membership Report

chartIn reviewing the past membership reports, there were two entries that are often confusing concerning active membership numbers. I noted the following question in the LNC Discuss List:


There are five columns on page 2 of the report.

1. Total “MEM” – this is the total number of constituents in state that have signed the pledge – whether they have paid dues or not. It includes inactive folks who are not reflected on this chart.
2. Active “MEM”- Current Dues Payer or Lifetime Donor with a signed pledge
3. Active “SUB” – Current due payer or lifetime donors who have not signed the Pledge
4. Total Active – that is just adding numbers 2 and numbers 3.
5. Total BSM- By-Law Definition of “Sustaining Member” and number used for delegate count with a parenthetical comment of Art 5-3 that a Sustaining member is any Party member who has given at least $25 to the party in the prior twelve months, or who is a life member. By that definition, a Pledge signer.

What is the different between Numbers 2 and Number 5? Dues payers? Check. Lifetime donors? Check. Signed Pledge? Check. That is true for both of those categories, so what is the difference?

And the different between those numbers in the states is only a few people, and in some states (such as Hawaii, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Carolina), they are exactly the same [for the month I was reviewing].

Wes Benedict provided this concise answer:

If John signed the pledge and paid dues on 1/1/2015, then, at that point, their “Active Membership” and “Sustaining Membership” both expire on 1/1/2016.

We start sending renewal letters and renewal emails before people’s memberships expire.

If John renews his dues on 11/1/2015 (2 months before his expiration date), then his “Active Membership” is extended to 1/1/2017 (per the policy manual), but his “Sustaining Membership” will expire 11/1/2016 (per the bylaws).

The above kind of thing is one example of how the two sets of numbers can vary–sometimes records aren’t 100% complete updated right when a report is run as well. And sometimes errors are made.

The relevant Bylaw is:

ARTICLE 4: MEMBERSHIP
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3. “Sustaining member” is any Party member who has given at least $25 to the Party in the prior twelve months, or who is a life member.

The relevant Policy Manual portion is:

Section 2.05 MEMBERSHIP POLICIES
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5) Benefits Lapse Date
An individual’s benefits lapse date is independent of the sustaining membership lapse date defined by the Party’s Bylaws.48
Individuals making a first contribution shall have a benefits lapse date established one year from the date of receipt.

Individuals who remit the required amount of dues in response to a membership renewal request shall have the benefits lapse date extended by one year from the existing lapse date or one year from the date of receipt, whichever is later.

Individuals who remit the required amount other than dues during the Renewal Period shall have the benefits lapse date extended by one year from the existing lapse date or one year from the date of receipt, whichever is later.

Individuals pledging at least $10 per month using an automated recurring payment method, such as a valid credit card or ACH debit, shall have their benefits lapse dates extended to the last day of the following December.

Other contributions in response to other than a membership renewal appeal shall not as a policy extend the benefits lapse date, however Staff shall have the discretion on a case-by-case basis to extend a contributor’s benefits lapse date up to one year from the last contribution date, if failure to do so would damage donor relations.

July 2016 Membership Report Released

membshipreport-smallThe July Membership results are in (a copy of the report can be found here). The states in Region 1 rank as follows for Bylaws-defined Sustaining Members (BSM):


Alaska – 41
Arizona – 15
Colorado – 11
Hawaii – 39
Kansas – 30
Montana – 43
Utah – 35
Washington – 12
Wyoming – 51

There are other numbers that can be compared, but BSM is what is used for delegate allocation and determination of automatic Platform Committee appointment. Some of the pertinent Bylaws are as follows (you can see the complete Bylaws here):

Article 10, Section 3: 3. Affiliate Party Delegate Entitlements:

Each affiliate party shall be entitled to send delegates to each Regular Convention on the following basis:

a. One delegate for each 0.14 percent, or fraction thereof, of the total Party sustaining membership in that affiliate; provided that at least one such delegate must be a resident of that State or District.

b. One delegate for each 0.35 percent, or fraction thereof, of the votes cast nationwide for the Libertarian Party candidate in the most recent presidential election, cast in that affiliate’s state.

Article 11, Section 3: Other Committees

3. The Platform Committee shall consist of 20 members selected as follows:

a. One member by each of the five affiliate parties having the greatest per capita sustaining membership as determined for Convention delegate allocations at the most recent

Regular Convention.

b. One member by each of the ten affiliate parties having the largest sustaining memberships, excluding those affiliates from (a), as determined for Convention delegate allocations at the most recent Regular Convention.

c. Five members selected by the National Committee.

d. These members shall be selected no later than the last day of the fifth month prior to the Regular Convention.

Here is the summary portion that will be of interest to compare the figures from last year and this year:

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The report contains several interesting charts depicting Party health including Renewing Donors, New Donors, Lapsed/Dropped Donors, and Active Donors over the past twelve months. The most dramatic change was in active donors and new donors with new donors dropping a bit post-convention. Over the course of a year, the number of lapsed donors has gone down, though not dramatically. The one area of concern is in renewing donors which dropped dramatically following our convention though it is on the rise over the 12 month review period. This though does reveal a failure to re-capture a certain segment of donors after our convention. My guess is that this reflects persons not happy with our nominees, and I expect this is typical; however, the extremity of the plunge from 1200 to under 500 should not be overlooked. It is also possible that this reflects an artifact of non-renewals stemming from expected convention bumps at convention time spread out over two years (i.e. donors that just automatically renewed one year out from the 2014 convention and failed to do so for the subsequent renewal). This trend did move back upwards between mid-June and mid-July.

In the state rankings, a few states switched places, but the composition of the top ten states for Bylaws-Defined Sustaining Members remained the same.