Libertarian PAC Admits ‘We Probably Wouldn’t Have Spent $11,000 on Sarvis’ Without Democratic Donor

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In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Wes Benedict, co-founder and President of the Libertarian Booster PAC that spent $11,454 to circulate petitions necessary to get Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis on the ballot in Virginia said “[w]e probably wouldn’t have spent the $11,000 on Sarvis if we had not received the $150,000 from him [major Democratic donor Joseph Liemandt].”

Benedict told Breitbart that Liemandt, a software entrepreneur from Texas who had a net worth of $1.5 billion in 2000, gave the Libertarian Booster PAC $150,000 in January 2013. Breitbart News searched Federal Election Commission records and discovered that Liemandt donated $4,090 to the Virginia Democratic Party just three months earlier on October 17, 2012.

Until 2013, the Libertarian Booster PAC had focused on Texas, but Benedict told Breitbart that Liemandt knew of his intention to get involved in the Virginia gubernatorial race if he had the money. “I met with Mr. Liemandt several times. I told him we were going to expand to a few other states, including Virginia, before he put the money in, It was in the report I gave to him before he made his investment.”

“We’ve gotten support from the right and the left,” Benedict said, adding that “I don’t think the intention was to make Cuccinelli lose but I have no problem if the perception is Sarvis caused Cuccinelli to lose. Republicans deserve to lose lots of election for supporting bailouts and for supporting a nominee for president whose Romneycare plan helped deliver Obamacare.”

When the Libertarian Booster PAC spent $10,000 of its $11,454 on the petition drive in March, April, and May, Sarvis had no money and little hope of even getting on the ballot. Sarvis himself spent an additional $15,000 of his own money during these three critical months to finance the petition drive. Without the extra money from the Libertarian Booster PAC, it is unlikely he would have had enough signatures to get on the ballot.

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