The Peoples Legal Fund for Our Fight For Self-Representation
Organized by: Stephanie Anderson Msm
October 19, 2016
Stephanie Anderson, MSM was qualified and placed on the ballot as a Federal, Nonpartisan, Candidate in Florida's 23rd District in June 2015 by the Federal Elections Commission for the November 2016 general election for the seat currently held by Debbie Wasserman Shultz; former chair of the DNC.
In late June 2016, Ms. Anderson was removed as a federal candidate in the federal election by the state of Florida, for refusing to pay the discriminatory and unconstitutional 'ballot tax' of almost 10% of Wasserman Shultz' salary or to comply with the petition process; which requires the candidate to print thousands of individual petition forms at her cost and pay a fee of over 40 cents per signature for verification costs to the Supervisor of Elections offices of each county within her district.
Stephanie Anderson has chosen to mount a legal challenge against her removal from the Florida ballot against DSW instead of paying this discriminatory, unconstitutional fee.
Stephanie's challenge will show that the Florida legislator requirements, implemented in order to remove federally qualified candidates from state ballots and limit self-representation from minority communities create an unfair advantage for incumbents with no term limits and establishment 2-party candidates and limit voter choice to candidates that can 'pay to play'.
By challenging this process, Stephanie will open the door to challenge ballot tax access for all federal offices including the House, Senate and Executive Branch! This will ensure that all qualified candidates can remain on State ballots.
Donations will be used to pay the fees and costs of Stephanie’s legal representation. Stephanie is retaining Jason M. Murray as her legal counsel who recently won a case challenging Florida election processes on behalf of Mayoral Candidate James Wright with the Florida Supreme Court.
The Florida Supreme Court found that the law barring Wright from the ballot was unconstitutional. “Therefore, we conclude that this law unconstitutionally erects a barrier that is an unnecessary restraint on one’s right to seek elective office,” said the majority opinion, written by Justice R. Fred Lewis and joined by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and James E.C. Perry.
“This unnecessary and irrational barrier … can no longer stand. Unreasonable and unnecessary restrictions on the elective process are a threat to our republican form of government. At their worst, they cloak tyranny in the garb of democracy.” We are fighting to change this unnecessary and irrational behavior on the same grounds!
"Unreasonable and unnecessary restrictions on the elective process are a threat to our republican form of government. At their worst, they cloak tyranny in the garb of democracy.”
Any contributions not used for legal fees will be proportionally refunded back to the donor at the conclusion of the legal process. They will not be used for political purposes or to support any political action committee or campaign.