“The Honorable Alternative”
Founded in 2013 by longtime libertarian activist and co-founder of the Cato Institute, Ed Crane, the Purple PAC is a so-called super-PAC that can accept unlimited contributions in support of candidates for federal office. It supports candidates and causes consistent with the libertarian political philosophy.
On June 1, 2016 Crane announced that the Purple PAC will be supporting the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson for President and William Weld for Vice President. Johnson is the former two term Governor of New Mexico (1994-2003) and Weld was twice elected Governor of Massachusetts (serving 1991-1997). “We intend to spend at least $10 million in support of the Johnson campaign,” according to Crane. “This is a unique opportunity in modern American political history,” he said, “a campaign featuring two major party candidates widely unpopular within their own parties, not to mention the general public. And the Libertarians are putting forth two very successful former governors.”
Gary Johnson issued 750 vetoes as governor while cutting taxes 14 times, with not a single tax increase. A successful entrepreneur whose construction company employed more than 1000 New Mexican workers, Gov. Johnson understands how taxes and unnecessary regulations can stifle economic growth. Gov. Weld privatized much of the state bureaucracy as governor and was re-elected with 71% of the vote. Prior to being governor he served for six years as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Gov. Weld was also a principal of a successful private equity firm.
The Libertarian ticket will emphasize social tolerance, free markets (not crony capitalism) and opposition to nation building and military foreign adventurism. A majority of Americans share those views which are not to be found in the campaigns of either Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Trump. As the Wall Street Journal put it in an editorial on May 31, “Mr. Trump seems to think he can say whatever he wants because millions of voters are repelled by Mrs. Clinton. The Libertarians give these voters an honorable alternative…”
What They’re Saying About Johnson-Weld
“..he’s a man of good integrity, apparently normal ego and sound ideas…” – The Richmond-Times Dispatch Endorses Johnson
“I hope voters get to see former GOP Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld on the debate stages…” Mitt Romney on Twitter
“With two unpopular candidates heading the two major parties, the Libertarians could have a breakthrough year. They could have a very special appeal to Millennials.” — Forbes
“Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weld, both two-term governors, actually have more governing experience between them than either the likely GOP or Democratic nominee.” — Washington Times
“A viable third party has put forth a compelling alternative in the form of libertarian Gary Johnson.” — CNN