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Follow-up: Libertarians Finally Gain Momentum

I mentioned earlier that Gary Nolan (L) was in a close race in what some may call the “Amazon Caucus”, he was trailing John Kerry (D) by a mere $600. Now it appears that Nolan has rallied his troops and is trying to position himself as the Internet Libertarian in the same way Howard Dean rose to become the “Digital Democrat”. Nolan has managed to become Amazon’s top campaign recipient and appears to be on course to continue to a dominant lead against the Democrats.

As a more centrist party, the Libertarians may pose considerable problems — not only for fiscal conservative Democrats — but for socially liberal Republicans who are dissatisfied with George Bush’s policies that some call “No Tax and Spend”. Read on for an updated table of Amazon.com contributions and what this may mean in the 2004 election:

Numbers current as of: 1/27/2004 4:07PM EST
Candidate # Cont $ Cont
Gary P. Nolan (L) 286 $9,095.99
John F. Kerry (D) 291 $8,904.58
Wesley K. Clark (D) 230 $5,735.00
Howard Dean (D) 210 $4,632.25
John Edwards (D) 158 $4,400.01
Michael Badnarik (L) 57 $919.00
Dennis J. Kucinich (D) 59 $897.00
Al C. Sharpton (D) 18 $410.00
Fern Penna (D) 8 $47.00
Candidates who have not given Amazon permission for contributions (alphabetical): George Bush, Jr. (R), Willie Felix Carter (D), Lowell Jackson Fellure (R), Al Hamburg (I), Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. (D), Joseph I. Lieberman (D), Hellen McMullen Williams (D), Lucian Wojciechowski (D)

The curious nature of this groundswell of support for Gary Nolan can be attributed both to an intense email campaign, which I have been monitoring (amongst the other campaigns for political insight), with what has gone from a trickle of one or two per month over the past year, to almost two per day since Amazon launched it's contribution service. One can almost forgive Nolan for what has so far amounted to ignorance of the Internet's potential (and a website that screams "1998" and "FrontPage"), as his campaign seems to finally rolling thanks to this invigorating injection of emails and communication. One thing that candidates can certainly learn from Dean is that the Internet (blogs, meetups, and informal communication) is required to run a successful media campaign: communication to (and from) supporters means communication to the media, which in turn leads to more coverage of the candidate, which is undeniably what most candidates are seeking, second only to votes.

Nolan may have gotten a Amazon(ian) push against late-comers to the Internet realm, but his campaign still 3 steps behind being truly Internet savvy in it's approach to the political forum.

Posted by SoL at January 27, 2004 4:30 PM