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Our American Initiative - Our America Issues Prevail at the Polls 

November 12, 2014, Santa Fe, NM -- While much of the attention from last week's election is focused on the outcomes of various Senate, House and gubernatorial races, a number of state and local initiatives co-sponsored, endorsed or supported by Our America were enacted by voters.
Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia all voted to legalize and regulate marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington. Our America was active in all three of those efforts, and Honorary Chairman Gov. Gary Johnson traveled to Alaska to personally urge support for that state’s historic legalization measure. Laws to reduce penalties for marijuana possession were enacted in both California and New Mexico.
Likewise, voters protected gaming from unnecessary government restriction in both Massachusetts and South Dakota. In Alabama, voters confirmed hunting rights, and in Massachusetts, a burdensome system of automatic gas tax increases was repealed.
And in Arizona, a ground-breaking law was passed to grant the “right to try” to patients with terminal illnesses who wish to try experimental medical treatments that have not yet been approved by the government.  Our America strongly supports the “right to try”, and looks forward to supporting similar measures across the nation.
Applauding these grassroots efforts, Governor Johnson said, "The fight for liberty isn't limited to the federal level. All across America, activists are working in their states and communities for smaller government and greater freedom. With this election behind us, Our America supporters are turning their attention to state legislative sessions next year and to other opportunities to advance liberty, economic freedom and smaller government. Last Tuesday’s results are a great start."

The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.

OurAmericanInitiative - Liberty must be debated 


Please visit OUR America's Debate Challenge today!


Tomorrow, I’m headed to Colorado for a weekend of events with great liberty activists. And just like their counterparts all across the country, one of the questions that will come up is: What do we need to do to be heard -- to put liberty front and center as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact our freedoms and rights as individuals?


There is much we can do, but I remain convinced that one of the single most important -- and doable -- steps we can take is to break the stranglehold the Democrats and Republicans have on the nationally-televised presidential debates. Allowing an advocate for real liberty on the debate stage to challenge those who offer only different shades of big government will, in fact, make us heard.


You can help make that happen.  Go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and contribute what you can to provide the funds the Our America Initiative will use to pay the legal and communications costs of challenging the debate duopoly and giving America real choices.


Our legal team is working right now to take this fight to the nation’s highest courts, and frankly, we know we have a strong case.  But Our America will be going up against the bottomless pockets of the national Democrat and Republican parties and their corporate funders -- funders who will spend whatever it takes to preserve a big government system and the special interests it protects.


The Our America Initiative only has one special interest: You, and the freedoms you and I want to restore.  It’s up to us, and we need to raise $50,000 in the next very few weeks to complete our legal filings and mobilize the grassroots support we must have to counter the deep pockets of the privately-owned and operated Commission on Presidential Debates and its corporate sponsors.  Your support for Our America's Debate Challenge is critical.


Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans want more choices. Giving them more choices in presidential debates will go a long way toward shaking up the system and breaking the status quo.  That’s why the Democrats and Republicans don’t want anyone else on THEIR debate stage.  It’s up to us to spoil the party.


Go to Our America today and join the fight.


I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks!

Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman

OurAmericanInitiative - Nobody will talk about it 



We who care about liberty often speak about the heavy hand of government -- and the need to remove it from our daily lives.


A couple of weeks ago, that heavy hand came down in my own backyard, at the ski area in New Mexico near where I live and where I ski all winter long.  On a normal Saturday -- with families gathered for a fun day on the mountain and activities such as a cancer benefit taking place, the United States Forest Service showed up at the Taos Valley ski area with four uniformed, armed “law enforcement” agents and a drug-sniffing dog.  They proceeded to search the parking lots, “sniff” the cars of guests and employees, and then stop vehicles for such grave offenses as cracked windshields and unbuckled seat belts.


You can read about it here: Taos Ski Valley Drug Sweep.


I am livid. These Federal Agents didn’t just stop by. They traveled 150 miles, along with their drug-sniffing dog, on a Saturday for the express purpose of raiding a family ski area where, trust me, there were no threats to national security.  I probably shouldn’t share it, but this clip from an Albuquerque TV newscast will give you an idea of what I think about this kind  of government thuggery: "Somebody needs to lose their job."


And, my op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal about it: Only Threat Was the USFS.

This kind of Big Government abuse happens every day, all across the country. But who in Washington, DC, is demanding that it stop? In reality, no one. Sure, some politicians talk about reining in federal agencies, but it obviously isn’t happening. It isn’t happening because Big Government = Power, and the politicians don’t really want less power; they want more.


I have told you about the Our America Initiative’s effort to break the two-party control of Presidential Debates. This episode, right in my neighborhood, is a perfect example of why the all-important nationally-televised debates must be opened to qualified voices other than just the Republicans and Democrats -- both of whom thrive on the power they get from big government.



Until someone who truly believes in liberty and freedom from federal overreach is allowed on the stage, there will be no debate about why armed federal agents need to harass ordinary citizens going about their daily lives. There will be no hard questions about spending thousands of tax dollars on a “sweep”  to round up four -- yes, four -- people for minor drug possession and write a couple of tickets for cracked windshields.


Our America is fighting to put these issues on the debate stage, both in court and at the grassroots. And you can help.  Go to Open the Debates today and contribute $10, $50, $100 or more to help pay the legal costs of challenging the private Presidential Debate Commission and to help us mobilize millions of Americans to demand an end to control of the debates by the Republicans and Democrats.


To win this fight in time for the 2016 election, we must act now. We have a good case -- and a good argument. We just need the resources to take that case to the courts and to the American people.  Your contribution at Open the Debates will make the difference.


I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks!

Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman


P.S. Our America’s legal team is working hard  right now, and your support is essential!


OurAmericanInitiative - Join Gov. Gary Johnson for a live Tweet Chat Tuesday 



Are you on Twitter?  Are there issues you would like to “chat” about?  If so, I hope you will join me Tuesday evening, March 18, for a live Tweet Chat.  I will be on Twitter for an hour beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 PT, and will respond to as many Tweets and questions as time allows.  


My personal Twitter handle is @GovGaryJohnson, and we will be using the hashtag: #GovGary.


From health care reform to the NSA to Ukraine, there is much to talk about -- and it is my hope that opportunities such as Tuesday night’s Tweet Chat will help to bring a true small government, liberty perspective to these and other critical debates.


I hope you will join me.  With more than 122,000 Twitter followers, I look forward to reaching a wide audience. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just go to and create one. It’s easy.


This chat is only one of the many activities the Our America Initiative sponsors to help give individual freedom, real spending restraint and smaller government the voices they deserve as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact each and every one of us.


Your support of Our America Initiative makes these efforts possible. With many critical policy decisions being made in Washington, DC, your support is more important than ever. Please take a moment to go to Our America and make a contribution, large or small, that will help restore liberty to the national agenda.


Thanks, and I look forward to “chatting” Tuesday night.



Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman





Our America Renews Debate Lawsuit 

In January, Gallup released results from a number of polls that, when combined, showed 42% of Americans identify themselves as political independents. Only 25% consider themselves Republicans, and 31% Democrats. In other words, independents outnumber Republicans and Democrats by a wide margin.
Yet, in 2012 and the past several presidential elections, when it came time for nationally televised presidential debates, only the Republican and Democrat candidates were on the stage.  
The Our America Initiative believes that is just wrong. If you agree, go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and help us fight to put Liberty on the debate stage in 2016.
If you understand the truth about the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has an exclusive contract with the news media to monopolize presidential general election debates, it is not surprising that only the Republican and Democrat candidates are allowed to appear before millions of Americans in what are indisputably the most important events of any presidential election.  
It’s not surprising because, despite its official-sounding name, the debate commission is actually a private organization owned and operated by the two “major” parties. That’s right. The organization that controls the debates was created by the Republican and Democratic national committees -- for the mutually beneficial purpose of creating the impression that their candidates are the only real choices for President of the United States.
As candidates in 2012, Judge Jim Gray (Ret.) and I challenged this unfair duopoly in Federal Court, and that case has still not been decided. With the 2016 election approaching, the Our America Initiative is renewing this legal challenge to a rigged system by refiling the lawsuit in a different venue: Washington, DC. Our legal team is confident that moving the case to the nation’s capital will dramatically increase the pressure on the courts to act.
Even with a great deal of volunteer legal support, this crucial legal challenge is expensive. To get the necessary work done and paperwork filed in a timely manner, Our America must raise $30,000 by March 15. We don’t have big corporate “sponsors” like the ones who pay the Debate Commission’s legal costs. Rather, we only have supporters like you -- supporters who understand the importance of putting Liberty on the debate stage in 2016.  
I’m counting on you to make sure we have the $30,000 we must have by March 15.  Please go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and contribute what you can to this vital effort.  $10, $25, $100 or more will go a long way toward making sure the 2016 debates are not controlled by just the Republicans and Democrats. 
Our demand is simple:  If a candidate for President, regardless of party, qualifies for enough states’ ballots to be elected in the Electoral College, that candidate will be included in the debates.  No arbitrary polling thresholds designed to exclude lesser-known, but qualified, candidates. In 2012, had our proposal been in place, there would have been four candidates in the debates, not just the Republican and Democrat -- and America would have seen real choices.
Simple fairness is clearly on our side, but winning that fairness in Court means taking on the huge special interests who have the money and motivation to protect the status quo. We can’t win without your help. Please go to Our America today and help make certain we have the funds to take the fight to the next level.
Opening the presidential debate process to other qualified candidates will change the political landscape in America -- and we all know that the landscape MUST change.  This is our chance, and I welcome your support.
Thank you!
Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman
P.S.  Time is of the essence.  Our America must raise at least $30,000 by March 15 to mount this renewed legal challenge in time for 2016.


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