The 2012 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, will be at the University of Illinois this Wednesday. The former New Mexico Governor is currently on a cross-country tour holding rallies on college campuses, followed by casual parties afterward. The month-long, nationwide series of stops is titled the Live Free Tour and part of Johnson’s OUR America Initiative.
Live Free Tour
In the promotional materials for Gary Johnson’s Live Free Campus Tour, last year’s Presidential nominee is described as a, ‘Two-term Republican Governor, 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Businessman, Outdoorsman, Iron Man and Handyman.’ The month of April will see Johnson making stops at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, ending with an event in the nation’s capital.
The cross-country tour is sponsored and managed by OUR America Initiative. Together with the firm NSON Opinion Strategy, the former New Mexico Governor founded the Super PAC titled OUR America Initiative. ‘America is in a crisis that affects the future of every citizen in our land. There is no THEY poised and ready to swoop in to protect our liberties and restore what has been taken,’ the PAC’s website explains, ‘There is YOU and there is ME. We alone have to shoulder the burden of advancing the cause of freedom in our nation.’
OUR America Initiative
Showing the financial benefits of being a Super PAC, the group’s website comes right out and explains, ‘The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.’
The Mission Statement of Gary Johnson’s Super PAC reads:
‘OUR America Initiative seeks to broaden the parameters of the public policy debate of current topics in the national arena. We look to enlighten the population about civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values. It is our aim to increase the amount of discussion and involvement regarding all-important issues.’
Illinois Tour stop
Joining the 2012 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee on the campus of the University of Illinois this week will be Johnson’s Vice Presidential running mate Judge Jim Gray. Together, the two men will lead the student rally at U of I and then, like the rest of the stops on the Live Free Tour, head over to a local bar and grill to socialize and talk to individual students, supporters and liberty activists. Note: while the campus event is free, the after-party has a ticket price.
‘Join Gov. Gary Johnson & special guests, including Judge Jim Gray, for a Live Free Evening at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, April 3,’ Johnson’s email to Illinois supporters reads, ‘After the Live Free festivities, join us for an informal gathering with Governor Johnson and Judge Jim Gray. Books, T-Shirts and other merchandise will be available for purchase and for Gov. Johnson to sign. Enjoy a buffet with finger food, a cash bar and drink specials.’
U of I event details
As with each stop on Gary Johnson’s Live Free Tour, the day’s events will center around two specific activities – the campus rally, followed by the after-party. Below are the details for the tour stop at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Where: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Foellinger Auditorium)
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Cost: Free admission
Co-Sponsor: Young Americans for Liberty, U of I Chapter
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Where: Big Grove Tavern
Address: 1 East Main, Champaign, IL
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $50 for non-students, $25 for students with proper student ID
For additional details or to pre-register for the after-party event, visit OUR America Initiative.
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