With Nader needing 1,000 people to attend his convention today, conservative groups are calling on their members to show up and support Nader so he can be on the ballot as a spoiler in Oregon. Under the state's laws, if 1,000 people show up at a convention and sign petitions, a candidate can be on the ballot. Nader drew only 741 at a previous attempt.
Russ Walker, of the Citizens for a Sound Economy, told reporters: "We disagree with Ralph Nader's politics, but we'd love to see him make the ballot.''
StopNader.com is organizing Democrats to show up at the convention this afternoon and demonstrate their distaste for the election shenanigans being played by the Republicans and readily accepted by Nader.
"Mr. Nader has insisted that his campaign is not a tool for the Republicans. This is the clearest evidence to date that it is,'' said Michael K. Frisby, communications director for the StopNader.com campaign. "What is the purpose of this campaign? Clearly, Mr. Nader's popular support has dwindled if he has to rely on right wing Republicans to get him on the ballot in a state where he has had considerable strength in the past.''
WASHINGTON - A watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) against Ralph Nader (news - web sites) on Friday, saying the independent presidential candidate is violating federal campaign laws by accepting office space and telephone service from a public charity he created.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges that Nader's campaign is renting valuable space at below-market prices from Citizen Works, an activist group that supports progressive causes.
The complaint also says Citizen Works and the Nader campaign share a common receptionist and several telephone lines. via Kos.
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