Libertarian Party of Arizona Affiliate Controversy 1995-2000
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The Arizona Libertarian Party had a split wherein the Pima County Libertarian Party was wrongfully claiming to be the official state party due to their claim of recognized party status via Arizona election law, however this was not recognized by the Libertarian National Committee who has the sole authority to recognize affiliates. The Libertarian National Committee stated that state law recognition was not binding upon them in their freedom to affiliate and use the identity "Libertarian Party." The controversy spanned over five years leading to the eventual disaffiliation of the state party when in the 2000 election, the Arizona Libertarian Party recognized by Arizona but disaffiliated by the national LP, declined to endorse the national LP's presidential nominee, Harry Browne, instead placing L. Neil Smith on the ballot as its presidential nominee.