The ad asks directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to give the public what they want: another choice for President by allowing a third candidate on the debate state. It blasts co-Commissioners Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry and their friends (listed here) for a history of "stonewall[ing] in secret to guarantee dominance of the Democratic & Republican parties in presidential elections."
Since 2000, the CPD has used an unfair and biased debate access rule that forces candidates to meet an impossible polling threshold only 7 weeks before the election. No candidate who did not compete in a primary has scaled this barrier since the televised debates began in 1960.
Despite being asked repeatedly to modify this rule, the CPD has taken no affirmative step in 16 years to do so. In fact, for the last 8 months, the CPD has stonewalled the attempts of both Level the Playing Field and the Change the Rule signatories to modify the rule.
They are clearly prolonging the process until further appeal will be rendered meaningless for the 2016 election.
This is Level the Playing Field's second full-page ad shining a light on the members of the Commission for refusing to give Americans greater choice and competition by opening up the 2016 Presidential debates. The first ad was published last month and is discussed at length in this Bloomberg Politics piece by Emily Greenhouse.
Right now, overwhelming numbers of Americans - understandably - think the political system is broken and their government is dysfunctional.
The Washington Post's David Ignatius recently explained the problem quite clearly saying, "Yet, as we head toward the presidential nominating season, the voice of this broad center is barely audible. Politics is pulled toward the left and right by campaign-finance rules, redistricting and other issues discussed in countless essays and op-eds. This centrifugal force seems to increase in every election cycle, with a resulting paralysis in Washington."
The CPD can break the two-party stranglehold on who can become President - all they have to do is change one rule.
Do you think they will?