During my 2014 campaign for State Representative in the 36th District I decided to pass out my campaign material at a local farmers market. When researching the availability of space for political campaigns, I noticed the farmers market website mentioned that non-profit organizations could show up just before opening and, if available, use a space for free.
So, on a rainy day in May my wife and I showed up early to the market with our table, signs, and other materials. Upon checking in with the information booth, we met the organizer who informed us that the "non-profit" policy did not apply to political campaigns. Their policy was that volunteers for political campaigns could walk through the market once in the morning, and then once again before the market closed in the afternoon. During the hours of operation we would have to remain outside the entrances of the market where we could pass out material as people came and went.
Before heading back to the car with all of our gear the organizer asked me about my campaign. When I explained to her that I was a Libertarian and one of my main platform issues was getting corporate money out of politics, and that I wasn't accepting donations from corporations, her story quickly changed. She told me that, unlike every other politician, I was welcome to set up a table at their market and spend the entire day inside their gates and pass out as much material as I wanted. It was quite motivating to see how well our message was received. However, while we were given special favor to operate within the market that day, I decided not to accept the offer because that would go against the "level playing field" principle.
Liberty doesn't need special favors to win this election. As the rain fell, Cathy & I stayed outside
the market entrances and handed our material to the people of the 36th District, who were generally happy to hear from us. We'll receive our favors one educated voter at a time.
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."