Earlier today, Meredith Jessup of TheBlaze.com, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck's news and online television web site, reported that the source behind Robert Sarvis' "Libertarian" gubernatorial candidacy is Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt, a major fundraising "bundler" for President Barack Obama. According to Jessup:
Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.
Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama. This revelation comes as Virginia voters head to the polls Tuesday in an election where some observers say the third-party gubernatorial candidate could be a spoiler for Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
This confirms rumors circulating on the campaign trail that Sarvis had been put up to the task by Democrat operatives to thwart Cuccinelli's bid, especially given the major legal challenges he filed against the Obama administration, from Obamacare to EPA regulations. The connection would make sense since Democrat gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe is one of the most prodigious fundraisers in national Democrat Party circles.
Jessup also reported that:
According to Virginia election filings posted by the Virginia Public Access Project, Liemandt contributed $150,000 of the Texas-based Libertarian Booster PAC’s $229,000 revenue. The Libertarian Booster PAC reported providing $11,454 to pay for signature collection, yard signs and campaign materials for Sarvis and another $4,690 for four Libertarian candidates running for the Virginia state legislature.
It also makes sense in that Sarvis' platform decidedly not libertarian, ranging from pro-abortion, to a mandatory GPS box in every car to track mileage to be taxed, opposition to tax cuts, and endorsing the Left's "climate change" hysteria, to favoring the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia as part of Obamacare. Some online publications have gone so far as to call him a "fraud," including RedState.com, driving speculation as to what his motivations really are. He once ran as a liberal Republican for the Virginia Senate against Democrat Senate Leader Dick Saslaw of Springfield, but has never been active in any liberty movement. With Cuccinelli's principled leadership in limited government and rights, it seemed odd that there would be "libertarian" dissatisfaction for his candidacy. In fact, Sarvis has launched his ammo at Cuccinelli from the left, calling him "intolerant," a Secular Left echo.
Beck himself commented on his radio show:
you got this libertarian . . . but he’s not really a libertarian. ... Do not be fooled… Libertarians, if you indeed are voting for this guy, you need to know who he is, at least what he's saying because he doesn't sound like any libertarian I have ever met.