Document:California Press Release 29 July 1998 LP Selects Anaheim for National Convention

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Office of the Executive Director
11956 Riverside Dr., #206
Valley Village, CA 91607-3772
For immediate release: July 29, 1998
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 506-0200
Fax: (818) 506-0212


LOS ANGELES - After surveying hotel facilities in both Los Angeles and Orange counties last week, the Libertarian National Committee selected the Anaheim Marriott as the site for its Presidential Nominating Convention, which will take place June 30 - July 3, 2000.

"We are thrilled to be hosting our party's national convention at the dawn of the new millenium," said Mark Hinkle of Morgan Hill, chairman of the Libertarian Party of California State Central Committee. "California is home to more Libertarians than any other state, and we plan to put on quite a show."

1,500 delegates are expected to descend on Anaheim to nominate the Libertarian Party presidential ticket for the 2000 elections.

The selection of Anaheim is another feather in Orange County's Libertarian hat. David Bergland of Costa Mesa was recently elected Chair of the Libertarian National Committee at the party's National Convention in Washington, D.C. over the July 4th weekend.

"Orange County is on a roll," declared Libertarian Party of Orange County Chair Brian Lee Cross of Orange. "We're pleased that our own David Bergland was elected National Chair, and we're honored to host our fellow Libertarians from across the nation in 2000. We look forward to showing them a good time."

Ironically, the Libertarian Party's announcement comes in the midst of a lavish attempt by the city of Los Angeles to host the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Members of the Democratic National Committee's site selection panel are in Los Angeles to hear the city's bid and attend parties and other functions.

"There is a huge difference between their convention and ours -- the taxpayer pays for the Democratic and Republican Conventions, whether that taxpayer is a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or whatever," charged Hinkle. "But only Libertarians pay for the Libertarian National Convention -- and they pay voluntarily, out of their own pockets."

According to the Federal Election Commission, the Democratic and Republican National Committees each received $12.36 million in taxpayer money for their 1996 national conventions.

"The Libertarian Party is the party of the future -- a fact that will be proven in Anaheim in 2000," predicted Hinkle.

The last time the Libertarian Party held its National Convention in California was in 1979 in Los Angeles.

The Libertarian Party's 1996 presidential candidate, Harry Browne, was on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.